The City of Vancouver has a past that is bound intimately to the land. It owes its success as a city to its stunning landscape and its wealth of natural resources. Vancouver was once a temperate rainforest and was thickly covered in magnificent trees. However, it wasn’t long until extensive logging began. Sawmills populated. Vancouver and lumber export became the city’s first major industry. A region that became home to an abundant source of old-growth forest, quickly became diminished due to rapidly growing industry.