Did you know that there’s an official manual published by the BC government, explaining how to identify and describe culturally modified trees? (If you’re not sure what those are, see Gabriolan’s past post on the subject, Gabriola’s culturally modified trees.)
You can download the guide (as a honking big pdf of more than 38 megs, or in eight slightly more manageable chunks) at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/docs/mr/mr091.htm, or go to the same site to find out how to get a hard copy.
When I found this I thought, I bet there’s a database somewhere. And there is. The locations, descriptions, etc. of the trees are included in the Provincial Heritage Register (.pdf).
But sadly, we can’t just go and look at a map of Gabriola and see where modified trees have been reported. As they say on the site,
Archaeological site information is sensitive as releasing this information into the public domain may result in looting and destruction of a site.
Therefore, the Archaeology Branch releases information on aneed to knowbasis…where it can be shown that distribution of the records will benefit the management or conservation of these sites.
Okay, I get that.
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