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Film explores rare primeval forest and plan to save it from logging

PostedMay 2, 2018 by in BC

From Common Sense Canadian publisher and award-winning documentary filmmaker Damien Gillis (Fractured Land) and Valhalla Wilderness Society comes Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux, now available online following a theatrical tour and film festival screenings.

Filmed on location deep in the heart of BC’s Selkirk Mountains, this 19-minute documentary is the story of the majesty, magic and endurance of one of the world’s last truly intact temperate rainforests – the incomparable Incomappleux.

Following an expedition of conservationists, biologists and wilderness explorers, Gillis documents the nature and history of this unique place – replete with 2,000-year-old trees and rare lichens – along with a plan to preserve it through a new provincial park, the Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal.

Valhalla’s online petition to preserve the area as a provincial park has garnered over 36 thousand signatures.

Visiting the Incomappleux is “like going back in time”, expedition member Sean Elkink observes, to a forest that has been growing continuously since the last ice age – utterly untouched by the hand of man. But in recent decades, most of the ancient rainforest in the Incomappleux Valley has been logged. The magnificent core that is left has been spared only by the hard work of a small band of defenders – and remains under threat to this day.

Public access to the ancient forest has always been difficult, but in recent years, bridge and road washouts have closed it to all but a handful of hardy adventurers who could backpack there. Few people have seen it since. Now, after dozens of theatrical screenings around BC, and multiple festivals (Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Washington D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital), audiences can visit the Incomappleux online through the full 19-minute film.

Featuring conservationist Craig Pettitt, renowned biologist Dr. Toby Spribille, filmmaker Damien Gillis and some very big trees.


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    I have always thought the Incommappleux was such a bizzarre name for a Park.
    Could never pronounce it .
    Fascinating that its one of the few untouched temperate rain forests left AND its not on the ocean…..

    I cant begin to imagine the mosquitos in the Summer…….. 😉

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