Meares Island

MEARES ISLAND, 84.77 sq km, lies at the south end of CLAYOQUOT SOUND off TOFINO on the west coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND. It is part of the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht FIRST NATION of the NUU-CHAH-NULTH and the site of their main village, Opitsat (pop 230). Heavily forested with western red CEDAR and HEMLOCK, the island was logged beginning in 1905. During the 1980s it was the scene of massive protests against LOGGING plans by MacMILLAN BLOEDEL LTD. Aboriginals declared it a "tribal...

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