Conservation and Wildlife
Nestled in the Nitinat Lake watershed, Hitchie Creek Park protects old-growth lowland rainforest as well as river and lake ecosystems. The creek provides a key wildlife corridor for large species moving through the watershed, such as Roosevelt elk. A wide range of species, from salamanders to songbirds, reside in Hitchie Creek Park, including large predators such as black bears, cougars and wolves.
The park also protects potential habitat for the endangered Marbled Murrelet and Keen’s long-eared myotis. This park protects sections of the Windward Island Mountain ecosection, underrepresented in the protected area system. The characteristic understory of this mainly Western hemlock forest includes false azalea, bunchberry and oval-leaved blueberry, all of which occur here.