|The heavily buttressed trunk of the Harris Creek Spruce|
|On the trail approaching the giant spruce|
That the Harris Creek Spruce is still with us is somewhat amazing. The first harvesting of the forest (by Europeans) in the Port Renfrew area was in the Harris Creek watershed back in 1893.
Occasionally, however, it is the loggers themselves that lay down the saws and are unable to commit the dendrocide their jobs require. So mighty are the specimens, and so great the loggers respect, such trees acquire a special status and are spared.
|Sign at roadside|
|Sitka spruce show very little taper which adds to the huge volume of wood found in old specimens|
|A fence has been built to protect the roots at the base of the tree|
It is possible the Harris Creek Spruce could still be around for your great-great-grandchildren to visit.
|Harris Creek runs next to the giant spruce|
The Harris Creek Spruce is about 20 km north-east of Port Renfrew on the paved Harris Creek Main. It will be found on the right side of the road 8 km past Lizard Lake while heading toward Lake Cowichan, and is marked by a small sign. Set your tripometer and watch for the sign when you get close.
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