British Columbia Ancient Forests News
- Protestors occupy cut block
Powell River residents continue their protest against Island Timberlands logging in their town.
- VIDEO: Powell River residents shocked as logging company moves to cut treasured trees
Here's a new video and blog about the ongoing battle with Island Timberlands over logging in the town of Powell River, by Vancouver filmmaker Daniel Pierce - take a look!
- Former MLA Judi Tyabji leads fight to save Powell River's urban forest
A war in the woods has erupted in Powell River, B.C., where a group of residents is fighting a plan to start logging Lot 450 — an urban forest within the city limits.
- Environmentalists aim to block logging
An environmental group based in Powell River intends to halt logging after releasing its bird nest assessment on Lot 450.... “What it proves conclusively is that there are very high wildlife values there that are threatened by this logging activity and more caution is needed,” said Judy Tyabji Wilson, Pebble in the Pond president. Tyabji Wilson added that on the basis of the report Pebble in the Pond’s board of directors has decided to file an injunction against Island Timberlands. “We will be taking court action against them so that we can at least stop the logging until proper studies are done,” she said. “Time is of the essence.” Island Timberlands began harvesting trees on the company’s private managed forest land in Lot 450 on April 22.
- Logging news creates gathering
Over 100 people converged on Base Camp Monday, April 27, for a quickly organized meeting to discuss logging plans within the City of Powell River. With interest generated through Facebook and other social media outlets following a press release by Island Timberlands that was uploaded to the Peak’s website, elected officials, environmentalists and community residents gathered to hear clarification about imminent road-building and harvesting involving Lot 450.
- B.C. coastal community calls for end to logging in city
Powell River was founded by the timber industry, but the small Sunshine Coast community about 145 kilometres northwest of Vancouver is in an uproar now that loggers are cutting trees right in the heart of the city. Since loggers started clearing roads through the urban forest a few weeks ago, there have been packed public meetings and threats of an injunction by an environmental group. More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition calling for an end to the logging of what is known as Lot 450. Island Timberlands, which holds timber rights to several hundred hectares of forest land owned by the community, has announced plans to cut the area over the next several months.
- VIDEO: Logging plans draw protests in Powell River
Protesters took to the streets of Powell River upset by plans by a Nanaimo based logging company to cut trees in the city.
- Island Timberlands discloses its logging plans
Here’s an article in the Powell River Peak about Island Timberlands’ plans to log in the City of Powell River (including a map of the planned cut area).
- THANK YOU to Our 5 Year Anniversary Supporters!
Thank you to all who donated towards the AFA’s 5 Year Anniversary Celebration & Dinner as well as our 5th Anniversary Earth Day fundraising goals! We greatly appreciate the guests, volunteers, businesses, organizations, artists and others whose generous contributions made the evening an occasion to remember, as well as the many others who weren’t able to make it but have contributed during this pivotal time. With your dedicated support, we will continue to broaden our movement, complete the Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew, protect specific endangered ancient forests, and work towards ensuring comprehensive, science-based legislation to protect endangered old-growth forests across BC.
- Port Aberni water fight has political implications
Back in 2013, a group of 23 organizations, foresters, scientists and local MLA Scott Fraser signed a letter expressing concern that 60 per cent of old growth – some designated by provincial scientists as critical winter range for deer and elk under the tree farm licence from which they were removed in 2004 — had been logged in the upper watershed. Old growth there also serves as a filtration system for the town’s high quality water.
“Logging on these steep old-growth slopes has a high potential to alter the quality and rate of water flow and the streams’ courses,” Fraser warned in a letter last October to the Managed Forest Council which oversees logging practice on private lands. Watershed cutblocks above China Creek “should never have been logged,” he said.
- You're invited! AFA'S "5 Year Anniversary Celebration & Fundraising Dinner" Friday, April 17th
This is a very special time in our journey: 2015 marks 5 years since the birth of our passionate organization. Thanks to your generous support, we've flourished and grown since our humble beginnings and we hope you can make it to our sustainable dinner event and presentations in Victoria on April 17th! Free drink ticket, door prizes, music, socializing with other supporters! Presentations (Dr. Andy Mackinnon, Vicky Husband, Arnie Bercov, Ken Wu, TJ Watt...) Limited space available so get your tickets soon!
- Media Release: BC Government Must Protect Old-Growth Forests in Port Alberni's Drinking Watershed
Conservationists call on BC Government to help purchase endangered old-growth forests on Island Timberlands’ deregulated lands, including McLaughlin Ridge in Port Alberni’s drinking watershed, following BC Teachers Federation motion, Port Alberni city council resolution, and now Island Timberlands’ potential interest in selling McLaughlin Ridge.
- Clear-cutting threatens Echo Lake eagle colony (includes VIDEO and PHOTOGALLERY)
Every fall, hundreds of eagles descend upon the Fraser Valley to roost in the treetops surrounding Echo Lake. Experts say there is no other place like it in the world. “This is eagle central. It’s the place that if you want to protect the largest concentration of raptors on earth, this is just about it here,” says Ken Wu of Ancient Forest Alliance.... The fight continues to protect old-growth forest from logging. While the B.C. Government announcing 55 hectares were protected as old growth management areas, there are still 40 hectares that fall under a woodlot license.
- Echo Lake home to diverse and endangered species
“These biodiversity surveys show that protecting all of Echo Lake’s surrounding old-growth and mature forests is important not only for saving the largest night-roosting site for bald eagles on Earth, but also for a large diversity of other species, including many species at risk,” stated Ken Wu, Ancient Forest Alliance executive director. “And these new findings are just the tip of the iceberg from just a single weekend of surveys – future surveys will undoubtedly turn up much more. It further re-enforces the fact that it should be a no-brainer for the BC government to protect all of Echo Lake’s surrounding forests.”
- Race is on to save Fraser Valley's bald eagles, Echo Lake old-growth forest
"Up to 700 bald eagles roost in a small grove of old-growth trees around Echo Lake in the Fraser Valley each fall. Does this sound like the kind of place that should be logged?...When salmon return to spawn, the eagles spend their days feasting on fish on the river banks, then, just as darkness descends, fly up to roost in the towering Douglas firs and cedars surrounding Echo Lake...Mr. Ben-Oliel, with support from the Ancient Forest Alliance, started a campaign in 2012 to save the Echo Lake forest. In 2013, the government protected 55 hectares – just over half the old-growth around the lake. But Mr. Ben-Oliel is horrified the plan still allows about 40 hectares of old growth and mature forest to be logged on the north and west sides of the lake."
- Media Release: Diverse and Endangered Species found at Echo Lake Ancient Forest near Vancouver
Mission, BC - A biodiversity survey (ie "Bio-Blitz") of an extremely rare but endangered, lowland old-growth forest between Mission and Agassiz (about a 2 hour drive east of Vancouver), the Echo Lake Ancient Forest, famous for its bald eagles, has revealed that it is also home to a large diversity of flora and fauna. This includes many species at risk such as various species of bats, frogs, snails, dragonflies, and moss. The surveys, conducted over a weekend last year by biologists and naturalists, and coordinated by the Ancient Forest Alliance, have now been compiled and will be submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Data Centre and Wildlife Species Inventory. Over 2 days, approximately 174 plant, 55 vertebrate, 153 invertebrate, and 38 fungi species were found around Echo Lake.
- AFA's TJ Watt wins Eco-Hero Award!
Congratulations to the AFA’s photographer and campaigner TJ Watt, who through popular vote was tied for first place in the local Eco-Hero competition by Hemp & Company! We're proud of TJ, who's photography has gone around the world to highlight the beauty and the plight of BC’s endangered old-growth forests. Thanks for everyone's support and votes!
- Comox Lake watershed logging under the microscope following boil water advisory
Logging company officials maintain harvesting increases in the Comox Lake watershed in recent decades had nothing to do with the extended boil water advisory in the Courtenay area. But as more severe storms wreck havoc on the ecosystem, which provides the drinking water for tens of thousands in the Comox Valley, a local conservation group says it's time to rethink forestry practices.
- Environmentalists explain importance of old growth
The Port Alberni Watershed Forest Alliance has been relentless in their campaign to save the old-growth forests around Port Alberni, at McLaughlin Ridge, the Cameron Valley Ancient Forest, Horne Mountain (above Cathedral Grove) and Katlum Creek. Led by Jane Morden and a great local team, they are real forest heroes in this province!
- NOW HIRING - Canvassers in Vancouver
The Ancient Forest Alliance is hiring door canvassers in VANCOUVER for part-time or full-time work (Mon to Fri, 5-9:30pm). Join a team of environmentally-conscious people to help raise funds and environmental awareness about BC's endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs!
To apply in VANCOUVER, contact Mike Grant: email@example.com
- Company pressured to halt harvesting of old-growth within city's watershed
Here's a new Alberni Valley Times article about the old-growth forests at McLaughlin Ridge, which conservationists are pushing the BC government to protect:
As logging continues in McLaughlin Ridge, the B.C. Teachers Federation voted to ask Island Timberlands to sell the forestry land it owns in the steeply sloped area. The motion passed Jan. 31 at a BCTF assembly of district representatives, urging the forestry company to sell McLaughlin Ridge to "an organization(s) that will conserve and preserve forest lands."
The old growth forest is within the China Creek watershed, the drinking water source for more than 20,000 people in Port Alberni and Beaver Creek. Ken Zydyk, president of the Alberni Teachers Union, said the request for Island Timberlands to divest the land was first approved by public educators in Port Alberni.
"There are many teachers concerned about the current practices of Island Timberlands," he said.
"Teachers are uncomfortable that we put some of our salary towards our pension, it's like a savings account that we access later," Zydyk said, adding that the concern was if teachers' funds are "being used in a socially responsible way."
The forestry company has met with municipal officials on almost a monthly basis since city council voted last August to join a lobbying effort to halt harvesting in McLaughlin Ridge.
This push is being led by the Watershed Forest Alliance, a local environmental group that fears the forestry activity is unsustainable, harming McLaughlin Ridge's wildlife and compromising Port Alberni's source of drinking water.
- Donations by Businesses, Artists & Organizations
The Ancient Forest Alliance would like to give great thanks to the local businesses, green enterprises, environmental foundations, artists and other organizations whose generous support has allowed us to more effectively campaign for the protection of BC’s endangered old-growth forests. See here for an overview of 2014 donors!
For more details on supporting the AFA as a business, artist or other organization, see here.
For a full list of businesses, artists and other organizations that have supported the AFA, see here.
- Thank You from the Ancient Forest Alliance!
The Ancient Forest Alliance is most grateful to the Mountain Equipment Co-op (www.MEC.ca) for their major support provided through their Community Contributions grant program. This funding support will allow the AFA to expand our capacity as an organization and strengthen our campaign to protect endangered old-growth forests on Vancouver Island!
The AFA would also like to thank Innerlife Health Services (innerlife.ca) for their Community Clinic fundraiser, as well as Climbing Arborist (www.climbingarborist.com) and the Mat Fernandez Project for supporting the AFA through their film screening event. Thank you to all who were involved for your dedicated support!
- Walbran Valley at risk of old-growth logging
Here's a new article in the Island Tides about the Central Walbran Valley's ancient forest being flagged for potential logging.
- Saving Giants with the Ancient Forest Alliance
Mountain Life Magazine has just done a little piece on the Ancient Forest Alliance and filmmaker Darryl Augustine (of Roadside Films - see https://www.facebook.com/roadsidefilmsbc) about his experience working on a film about us.
You can see Darryl's great new film at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg9dcc2WPjk
- Alfred Cecil Carder Obituary
Here is the obituary of Dr. Al Carder, who passed away at 104 years in age recently. Dr. Carder leaves an impressive scientific and conservation legacy, having spent decades researching and promoting the conservation of BC's biggest old-growth trees years before the rise of the modern ancient forest movement. Dr. Carder recently received the Forest Sustainability Award from the Ancient Forest Alliance
- AFA Holiday Sales Booths in Victoria and Vancouver - 2015 Calendars, Cards, Posters & More!
This Holiday Season, VISIT our AFA SALES BOOTHS, open until December 23, to get our new CALENDARS (2015), CARDS, POSTERS, CERTIFICATES (Adopt-an-Ancient Tree or Grove, Avatar Boardwalk), SHIRTS, STICKERS, and other items (or you can order online at www.ancientforestalliance.org/store.php):
In VICTORIA come to our office space in the Dock (#303-3 Fan Tan Alley, access via elevator in the courtyard), Mon. to Sat., 11am-5pm.
In VANCOUVER visit our merchandise table at Trees Organic Coffee House (Yaletown location -1391 Richards St.), Tues. 12-6pm and Sat. 3-6pm.
*cash, cheques, & credit cards accepted at both locations**
- NEW Ancient Forest Alliance Documentary!
The documentary, by filmmaker Darryl Augustine (www.facebook.com/roadsidefilmsbc), features an overview of the history of the Ancient Forest Alliance, spectacular images of BC’s old-growth forests, and interviews by Ken Wu and TJ Watt (Ancient Forest Alliance), Valerie Langer (ForestEthics), Rosie Betsworth (Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce), Jessica Hicks (Coastal Kitchen Café), Ken James (Youbou TimberLess Society), Arnold Bercov (Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada), Robert Morales (Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group), and Scott Fraser (BC Member of the Legislative Assembly).
- AFA Year End "Meet & Greet" and Open House - THANK YOU!
In wrapping up our successful year of 2014, the AFA opened our doors to our supporters for our "Year End Meet & Greet and Open House" this past Wednesday, Dec.10 at our office space at The Dock above Fantan Alley in Victoria. It was wonderful to have so many members of our community come out and celebrate the work we do together. The night was filled with photos and friendly faces, and also fancy treats for which we owe thanks to several generous local businesses. Bon Macaron Patisserie Ltd. (www.bonmacaronpatisserie.com), your donation of a macaron tree was thoughtful and delicious, and they were a hit with our guests! Cordial Wildcrafted Consumables (www.cordialwildcraftedconsumables.com), we are also so grateful for the giant batch of Grand Fir cookies you made us! We'd also like to give a thanks to Pedersen's Event Rentals (http://pedersens.ca), for their discounted rate on glassware rental for the evening - every little bit helps! As we all know, good news, good food, and good company makes a great party - we're looking forward to celebrating with you all again next year!
- Wednesday, Dec. 10th 5-7pm: AFA Year End "Meet and Greet" and Open House in Victoria!
If you're in Victoria or on southern Vancouver Island, swing by this Wednesday sometime between 5-7 pm at The Dock (3rd Floor, via elevator access from the little courtyard by Fantan Alley off Pandora St) for the Ancient Forest Alliance's "Year End Meet and Greet' and Open House" to socialize with AFA staff and fellow supporters, have some snacks and drinks, see many of the NEW ancient forest images taken by AFA photographer TJ Watt in 2014, and see a fun little slideshow on what we've been up to and where we're going! https://www.facebook.com/events/371190086382882/
- Watershed action urgent: Fraser
“The time to act is now” was the message delivered by outgoing Shawnigan Lake director Bruce Fraser on protecting the Alberni Valley’s watershed. Bruce delivered that message to a packed Search and Rescue Hall that included local residents, Island Timberlands representatives and city officials during a watershed forum organized by the Watershed-Forest Alliance and Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser.
- A love of big trees rewarded
"The 104-year-old Carder is considered the oldest forest conservationist in the province. His relationship with giant trees began in 1917, when he was seven and he helped his father measure a tall tree near their home in the lower Fraser Valley... Along with his books, Carder is perhaps best known for his work to highlight the Red Creek Fir, the world’s largest known Douglas-fir tree, located in the San Juan Valley near Port Renfrew. Since then, the town has become known as the Tall Trees Capital of Canada, with tourists from around the world coming to visit the Red Creek Fir, nearby Avatar Grove and the Walbran and Carmanah valleys."
- NEW VIDEO: Port Alberni & Island Timberlands
Here is the latest video by filmmaker Daniel J Pierce who has spent years documenting the controversies surrounding old-growth logging by Island Timberlands - this time at McLaughlin Ridge and the Cameron Valley Ancient Forest near Port Alberni, featuring the campaign led by the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance, whom the Ancient Forest Alliance has been working with for many years! Watch it here: http://www.heartwoodfilm.com/port-alberni-island-timberlands/
- B.C.'s Oldest Forest Conservationist Reminds Us How Much the Wild Has Changed
Earlier this week, B.C.'s oldest forest conservationist, 104-year-old Dr. Al Carder -- who is older than most of B.C.'s second-growth trees -- received the 2015 Forest Sustainability Award from the Ancient Forest Alliance. The award honours his decades of service to document, research, and promote the conservation of B.C.'s old-growth trees.
- THANK YOU to Trees Organic Coffee House, Banyen Books & Sound, and Eternal Abundance!
Thanks to Trees Organic Coffee House (treescoffee.com) for hosting the AFA’s holiday sales booth in Vancouver this season, and to Banyen Books & Sound (www.banyen.com) as well as Eternal Abundance (eternalabundance.ca) for selling AFA merchandise to assist in our fundraising efforts! We greatly appreciate the support of these local businesses for our work to ensure the protection of BC’s endangered old-growth forests and a sustainable second-growth forest industry!
- "United Roots" AFA Fundraiser Pendant by Emma Glover Design
We'd like to thank one of our local jewelry designers, Emma Glover Design (https://www.facebook.com/emmagloverdesign) for her latest creative endeavour of this awesome handcrafted, sterling silver, "United Roots" Pendant, a fundraising piece for the Ancient Forest Alliance. We are so grateful for all the ways our community comes together in protecting B.C.'s endangered forests. Thanks Emma! Pendants are available by request @ $100ea. or purchase one (4 available) at the Ancient Forest Alliance booth at this Saturday's Oaklands West Coast Winter Market from 10-4 (https://www.facebook.com/events/217441831759733/).
- B.C.'s oldest tree hugger gets some love for protecting old-growth trees
"B.C.’s oldest tree hugger has been publicly recognized for decades of work protecting the province’s old-growth trees. Dr. Al Carder, 104, received the Forest Sustainablity Award from the Ancient Forest Alliance on Tuesday for his work documenting, researching and promoting some of Canada’s most magnificent trees."
- BC’s Oldest Forest Conservationist, 104 Year Old Al Carder, Receives “Forest Sustainability Award” For Decades of Service Documenting, Researching, and Promoting BC’s Old-Growth Trees
BC’s oldest forest conservationist, Dr. Al Carder, received public recognition last night for his decades of service to document, research, and promote the conservation of BC’s old-growth trees. The 104 year old Carder is the recipient of the 2014 “Forest Sustainability Award” from the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) www.AncientForestAlliance.org, a British Columbia-based conservation group working to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and to ensure a sustainable, second-growth forest industry.
- Not All Is Well In B.C.'s Woods
"It might surprise you to learn that there is a place just a few hours from Victoria, B.C. that is home to Canada's version of the American redwoods. It's a place where you can walk amongst groves of centuries-old trees, some with trunks as wide as your living room; where you can swim in pools of emerald-green water by the base of cascading waterfalls; where bears, cougars, and wolves still roam the wild, rugged, temperate rainforest as they have for millennia. And it may come as more of surprise to learn that its days could now be numbered unless something is done to finally protect it."
- Taped trees in Walbran valley a red flag for environmental group
Conservationists are concerned a pristine area of old-growth forest near Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park is under threat after spotting logging and surveying tape in the area. “This is a nationally significant area with some of Canada’s grandest forests,” said Ken Wu from the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- VIDEO: Old-growth forest at risk of logging on Vancouver Island
Global TV News interviewing the AFA's Ken Wu about the threat of potential old-growth logging in the heart of Vancouver Island's Walbran Valley, where survey tape was recently discovered.
- Taped trees in Vancouver Island's Walbran valley a red flag for environmental group
Conservationists are concerned a pristine area of old-growth forest near Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park is under threat after spotting logging and surveying tape in the area. “This is a nationally significant area with some of Canada’s grandest forests,” said Ken Wu from the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Canada's grandest old-growth rainforest at risk from logging, survey tape discovered
“Because of the ideal growing conditions in the region, Canada’s temperate rainforests reach their most magnificent proportions in the Walbran and Carmanah Valleys,” stated Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner and photographer TJ Watt. "It's our version of America's redwoods. Unfortunately, the upper half of the Walbran Valley remains open for logging. The area currently threatened, as well as the Castle Grove, constitute the most ecologically significant and intact sections left in the Upper Walbran Valley. They must be protected."
- Canada’s Grandest Rainforest at Risk from Old-growth Logging as Survey Tape is discovered in the Heart of the Walbran Valley
Port Renfrew, British Columbia - One of Canada’s most iconic and grandest old-growth temperate rainforests is under threat as signs of potential logging have been discovered in the heart of the Upper Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) activists TJ Watt and Jackie Korn recently documented survey tape marked “Falling Boundary” and “Road Location” in the Central Walbran Ancient Forest, one of the last, largely-intact sections of the unprotected portion of the valley.
- The Style of Support
Inspire Hair Design will be donating $1 from every hair service rendered this November to our campaign to protect BC's endangered old-growth ecosystems! Thanks to Inspire Hair Design for being inspired to help the forests! http://inspirehairdesign.ca/
- THANK YOU to Patagonia Victoria!
Thanks to Patagonia Victoria (616 Yates St., Victoria), the outdoor clothing and accessories stores, for choosing the Ancient Forest Alliance as the recipient of its 1% For The Planet contribution, where 1% of the store's gross sales goes to a local environmental organization. The photo of Big Lonely Doug, being scaled by a tree-climber, taken by the AFA's TJ Watt, is also up on the store wall for thousands of customers to see! We are most grateful for their support - don't miss their Grand Opening weekend this Saturday and Sunday, November 15-16 (616 Yates St., 10 am to 6 pm) with plenty of specials,
giveaways, and an Ancient Forest Alliance booth. See their website:
- THANK YOU to LUSH, MEC, Patagonia, and the Evergreen Foundation
The Ancient Forest Alliance is most grateful for the major support of ethical companies and foundations in helping our organization continue our work to protect BC's endangered old-growth forests and to ensure a sustainable, second-growth forest industry. We are giving great THANKS to LUSH, MEC, Patagonia, and the Evergreen Foundation for their support!
- Reexamining the Forest
Here's a great new video about measuring the ecosystem services of Vancouver Island's old-growth forests, including for First Nations cultural uses!
- Nineteen year battle over Great Bear Rainforest on brink of peace as momentous deadline approaches
After decades of conflict and tense meetings where nerves frayed, news of whether environmental groups, First Nations, the logging industry and government have finally settled the fate of the Great Bear Rainforest may break as soon as Monday.
- OPINION: It's time to fully deliver Great Bear Rainforest agreements
"Today, after years of technical work, negotiations and planning, all parties involved have a clear understanding of what the solutions package will include: improve decision-making between Province and First Nations; new human well-being commitments for First Nations; increase the amount of rainforest off-limits to logging to 70 per cent of the natural old-growth and an ecologically-sound forest management framework. All that is missing at this point is for the B.C. government to heed the call from First Nations, forestry companies, environmental organizations and a majority of British Columbians (68 per cent, according to a 2013 poll) and focus leadership and resources to finish the task in the coming weeks."
- We've crossed 30,000 petition signatures! THANK YOU! Let's keep going!
The Ancient Forest Alliance's petition to protect British Columbia’s endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs recently crossed the 30,000 signature mark! Thank you to everyone who has signed and shared the petition so far. You're helping send a clear message to BC's politcians that we need to protect our endangered old-growth forests, log second-growth sustainbly, and ban raw log exports. Can you now help us reach 50,000 by sharing this link online? www.AncientForestPetition.com
- Avatar Grove Boardwalk: Preliminary Phase Complete - THANK YOU SO MUCH!
THANKS to your support, we've raised over $12,000 in 2014 so far and have now completed the basic, preliminary phase of the boardwalk, including including vital bridges, steps, tree-viewing platforms, and walkways over several sensitive, steep, slippery and wet sections. This is an incredible improvement from before and one that has been enjoyed by thousands of people already from all across the world. If you've yet to visit the grove since the work began, now's a great time to do so! Funding Still Needed for 2015 Upgrades..
- 2014 Avatar Grove Boardwalk Progress and Photo Galleries
The Ancient Forest Alliance has nearly completed the preliminary phase of boardwalk construction at the Avatar Grove in essential areas such as the steep and slippery slopes, the roots around the biggest trees, and over creeks and other obstacles. More upgrades can still be done in the future but the toughest parts are almost compete. A big thanks goes out to our volunteers and donors! Fundraising for the boardwalk project will continue as we still have more work to complete in the new year.
- NOW HIRING! Victoria and Vancouver Canvassers
The Ancient Forest Alliance is hiring door canvassers for part-time or full-time work (Mon to Fri, 5-9:30pm) in Victoria and Vancouver. If you're seeking flexible work this fall, including as a returning student, apply to join a team of environmentally-conscious people to help raise funds and environmental awareness about BC’s endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs!
To apply in Victoria, contact Amanda Evans and Jackie Korn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply in Vancouver, contact Kevin Wilson at: email@example.com
- Thank You to Moksha Yoga Victoria!
Thank you to Victoria's Moksha Yoga yogis, making change one Karma class at a time. Your contributions to the Ancient Forest Alliance's campaigns to protect B.C's endangered old growth forests are greatly appreciated. May every Tree Pose bring us that much closer to our goals.
- B.C.'s Big Trees Are Now Tracked In UBC's Online Database (PHOTOS)
The Huffington Post has included a photo gallery of over 50 big tree images from AFA's TJ Watt in their article on the BC Big Tree Registry re-launch!
- Help needed to ID monster trees
"The idea is that if we know where British Columbia’s largest trees are, they can be protected and studied, according to UBC forests and conservation prof. Sally Aitken. “Those big trees really represents a biological legacy from the past. We want to maintain that legacy,” she said."
- BC.'s biggest trees can now be found online
“We think the biggest ones haven’t been found yet,” explained Sally Aitken, a UBC professor of forest and conservation sciences. “If we want to conserve them, we have to find them and identify them,” she said Thursday. What makes big trees so special is that they are living legacies of ancient forests, Aitken said. The oldest have been standing for up to 1,800 years, she said."
- Big trees bring out our inner tree hugger
See this article about the BC Big Tree Registry and BC’s biggest trees including Big Lonely Doug, who has now been officially accepted!
- UBC to track B.C.'s largest trees: re-launches database
"UBC has re-launched their big tree database, cataloging the biggest trees in B.C. The registry has been revamped and is now available online to the general public. Users can search for big trees near their homes using interactive maps. With the new database, anyone can nominate a big tree for verification by a tree expert."
- OPINION: Torrance Coste: No right time to create more tree-farm licences
- B.C. First Nation is set to declare a vast chunk of the Chilcotin as a tribal park
"A B.C. First Nation is set to declare a vast chunk of the Chilcotin as a tribal park, including the site of the controversial proposed New Prosperity mine at Fish Lake. A formal ceremony unveiling Dasiqox Tribal Park is set for Oct. 4, less than four months after a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling found that the Tsilhqot’in people have title to 1,750 square kilometres of land west of Williams Lake."
- Native Tree and Shrub Planting in Portage Park (View Royal) on Sept.14
Join the Greater Victoria Green Team, Ecological Pathfinder volunteers of Portage Park, and Ancient Forest Alliance for a fun day of planting trees and shrubs in the beautiful Portage Park (View Royal). Come learn about the ecology of Vancouver Island’s amazing forests, native plants, and help restore the native ecosystem. Thanks to the support of the Evergreen Foundation and Canon.
Date: Sunday, September 14
Time: 9:45am to 2pm
Join the event and RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/events/201693132/
For more info contact Amanda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Great News! BC Government Backs Down from Tree Farm Licence Expansion Plans for Now – THANK YOU for Speaking Up!
Recently, just before the Labour Day weekend, the BC government quickly mentioned that they have no immediate plans to introduce any legislation to expand Tree Farm Licences across British Columbia in 2014 or in the spring. This proposal has been a recurring scheme by the BC Liberal government - proposed before the 2013 BC election and then again this year until now - to give exclusive logging rights to major logging companies on vast areas of BC's public forest lands. Each time, a massive public uproar has played an important role in preventing this "forest giveaway scheme" from being implemented!
THANK YOU to the many thousands of our supporters who formed the numeric bulk of the opposition speaking up against this proposal (see www.BCForestMovement.com), to the many First Nations who voiced their concerns and especially to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation who recently won the land title case in the Supreme Court, which was a fundamental reason for the BC government backing down. We must stay vigilant in case the relentless BC Liberal government tries again to attempt such a plan in the future.
See the article in Clearwater Times: http://www.clearwatertimes.com/breaking_news/273093851.html
- Mossy maple grove
Here's an article on the Mossy Maple Grove near Lake Cowichan in British Columbia Magazine, featuring a photo from the AFA’s TJ Watt!
- SRD buys valuable piece of real estate
Congratulations to the Cortes Island forest activists who finally got the Whaletown Commons protected, with major help from the Strathcona Regional District. The Whaletown Commons was a forest long under contention, owned by Island Timberlands, that is highly valued by the community and includes veteran old-growth Douglas-firs and cedars scattered throughout, riparian ecosystems, and areas used for children's environmental education.
- New PHOTO GALLERIES of Avatar Grove Boardwalk progress in 2014
The Ancient Forest Alliance and teams of dedicated volunteers have made some signigicant progress on the construction of the boardwalk at Avatar Grove this summer.
- Logging McLaughlin Ridge: Watershed advocates say logging threatens city's water source
Great news! The Port Alberni municipal council has unanimously passed a resolution supporting the statement for Island Timberlands to cease and desist from logging McLaughlin Ridge, an ancient forest near Port Alberni in the city's drinking watershed, and for the BC government to ensure its protection. Thanks to our allies at the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance for getting the resolution passed!
- Groups push to halt old-growth harvesting
Here's an article in the Alberni Valley Times about the Port Aberni city council unanimously passing a resolution for Island Timberlands to stop logging McLaughlin Ridge and the BC government to protect it. Again thanks to our friends at the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance for their great work!
- Groups fear fragile B.C. area logged
In the following article, Island Timberlands seems to be engaged in some sort of misleading PR spin, claiming that they are not logging the ungulate winter range in the core of McLaughlin Ridge, which they most clearly are (see our photos). The core area was mapped to become a Wildlife Habitat Area, which would protect the habitat of the endangered Queen Charlotte Goshawk and at the same time serve to protect the ancient Douglas-fir forest where the ungulates (deer) spend the winter - this is where Island Timberlands has been logging. In addition, Island Timberlands has also logged in areas mapped as UWR in recent years. Stating anything else is either simply false or misleading sophistry designed to throw doubt and confusion on what the company is doing, to buy time for them to log as much endangered ancient forest as they can. However, it should be noted that if Island Timberlands now has a new policy to not log anymore of the mapped UWR's, we greatly welcome that and look forward to discussing how to move forward on this...stay tuned.
- Environmental and labour organizations call on Island Timberlands to stop logging old-growth forest
The Port Alberni Council of Canadians, Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) union and various environmental organizations have signed a joint statement calling on Island Timberlands to halt logging the endangered old-growth forests of McLaughlin Ridge near Port Alberni, BC. They asked the BC Liberal government show leadership and ensure the forest’s protection.
“The company and the BC government really need to heed the call of so many diverse organizations, otherwise the controversy will only continue to grow,” said Jane Morden from the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance, which is spearheading the campaign to protect old-growth forests around the region, including McLaughlin Ridge.
- To Darshan Sihota, CEO of Island Timberlands, and Steve Thomson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations:
We, the undersigned organizations, are greatly concerned about the rapid logging by Island Timberlands of McLaughlin Ridge near Port Alberni. We urge both the BC government and Island Timberlands to ensure that this critical area and the remaining old growth forests on Vancouver Island in similar situations are not logged.
- Major Environmental, Labour, and Community Organizations call on Island Timberlands and the BC Government to Halt the Destruction of one of BC’s Finest Old-Growth Forests at McLaughlin Ridge
Diverse organizations, including a major forestry workers union, BC’s largest environmental organizations, and community organizations, have signed a statement calling on Island Timberlands to immediately cease and desist from logging the endangered old-growth forests of McLaughlin Ridge, one Canada’s most ecologically significant old-growth forests near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, and for the BC Liberal government show leadership and ensure the forest’s protection – before it’s too late.
- Tsilhqot'in ruling means Douglas Treaty Implementation, says Kwakiutl Chief
Kwakiutl First Nation Chief Coreen Child says the Tsilhqot'in court victory on Thursday, June 26, 2014, proves that Vancouver Island First Nations with Douglas Treaties already demonstrated Aboriginal Title over 160 years ago...
Since 2004, the BC government has been granting the removal of private lands from Tree Farm licenses located within Kwakiutl territory without Kwakiutl consent. Consequently, businesses, companies, and governments have exploited Kwakiutl lands with impunity."BC forestry decision making is one example of Treaty infringement," says Councillor Jason Hunt. "In 163 years, the Crown, first as Colony, then as BC and Canada, built entire economies on North Vancouver Island without First Nations consent. They have exploited our lands and waters, and marginalized our people."
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Avatar Grove Boardwalk Construction Weekends
The Ancient Forest Alliance is looking for dedicated, considerate, and capable volunteers to help construct the Avatar Grove boardwalk this summer on the weekends of July 26/27 & August 23/24 in Port Renfrew, BC.
- Island Timberlands logs old-growth forests near Port Alberni
Conservationists expressed alarm over a logging company's logging of rare old-growth Douglas Fir trees near Port Alberni. Island Timberlands had reportedly logged a hundred-metre wide section of old-growth trees in the previously intact part of McLaughlin Ridge's forest. The Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance and Ancient Forest Alliance have urged the BC government -- which deregulated the land in 2004 -- to work toward conservation of McLaughlin Ridge and other endangered old-growth forests jeopardized by Island Timberlands.
- Island Timberlands Rips into the Heart of one of British Columbia’s Finest Old-Growth Forests
Conservationists are raising the alarm as Island Timberlands has rapidly undertaken a road-building and logging spree into the heart of one of BC’s most ecologically significant old-growth forests at McLaughlin Ridge near Port Alberni. Last week conservationists were greatly dismayed to discover that the company had logged a couple hundred meter wide swath of old-growth trees, traversing almost the entire span of the previously intact section of McLaughlin Ridge’s old-growth forest.
- We have a NEW office space!!
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- Avatar Grove Boardwalk – Let’s Get it Done! Special Event and Fundraiser Monday, June 16th
*** If you support the completion of the boardwalk this summer in the legendary Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew, please join the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), local tourism and green businesses, renowned forest ecologist Dr. Andy MacKinnon, and other supporters for the “Avatar Grove Boardwalk – Let’s Get it Done! Special Event and Fundraiser” in Sooke. Help us complete this important eco-tourism project this summer!
- Big Lonely Doug: Canada's loneliest tree still waiting on help
“It was odd to be standing in this giant, record-size tree in the middle of a clear-cut and watching stuff fall not too far away,” he said. Mr. Watt said it was “kind of sad” too, because he suspected there were more trees like Big Lonely Doug that might be stumps by the time his crew finds them. “It shows the need to have legislation in place as quickly as possible to protect remaining old-growth forest so we don’t have to keep coming across these things too late,” said Mr. Watt. Three years ago, the provincial government promised it would bring in regulations to protect the best and biggest groves of B.C.’s dwindling stock of giant old-growth trees. Mr. Watt, Mr. Wu, and Big Lonely Doug are still waiting .
- Tree-Climbers Scale “Big Lonely Doug”, Canada’s 2nd Largest Douglas-fir Tree, Highlighting BC’s Endangered Old-Growth Forests
“Big Lonely Doug”, the recently found, second-largest Douglas-fir tree in Canada, has been scaled by a team of professional tree-climbers. The climbers with the Arboreal Collective are collaborating with the Ancient Forest Alliance, a BC-based conservation organization, to highlight, research, and document the largest old-growth trees and grandest groves in British Columbia. Big Lonely Doug stands alone in a 2012 clearcut, hence its name.
- Climbers scale Canada's 'Big Lonely Doug'
For a few hours last month Big Lonely Doug was a little less lonely. On may 25, a group of climbers and environmentalists scaled the giant tree, which was confirmed as Canada’s second-largest Douglas Fir earlier this year.
“It’s a humbling experience exploring the tops of centuries-old trees and in a place no human has been before. I hope the novel images that come from this initiative to climb and document the largest trees and grandest groves in B.C. will help to raise awareness… about these highly endangered ecosystems,” said T.J. Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Gallery: Tree climbers scale Big Lonely Doug
- Tree Climbers Scale Canada's 2nd Largest Douglas-Fir
Many of us have climbed a tree or two in our lives, but how many of us can say that tree was as tall as an 18-storey building?
A group of professional tree climbers scaled Canada's second-largest Douglas-fir — fondly referred to as Big Lonely Doug — and there are some amazing photos to prove it.
Climbers from Arboreal Collective partnered with Ancient Forest Alliance, a B.C.-based conservation organization that discovered Big Lonely Doug, to complete the ascension of the tree near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.
- Opinion: Tree-farm licences a failure in forest management
"The only evident plan [of the BC government] is to keep the rates of timber harvesting unsustainably high, thereby making the eventual collapse of available timber even more painful for forest-dependent communities, a policy based on the premise that it is better to have more jobs today and none tomorrow rather than fewer jobs today and some tomorrow.
...the government is preoccupied with rewarding an oligopoly of companies with exclusive timber rights over public forests within quasi-private timber farms (Tree Farm Licences)
In its zeal to justify further enclosure of The Commons and increased corporate control over the commoners’ timber, the government’s twisted thinking becomes so bent that it defines mountebank politics."
- Photo of Burnt Vancouver Island Clearcut Chosen for Exhibition in International Photography Competition in London
Tragic photo of a logged and burnt old-growth forest on Vancouver Island, taken in January by Ancient Forest Alliance photographer TJ Watt, highlights the environmental destruction taking place in British Columbia’s “Tree Farm Licences” (TFL’s). The BC government’s plan to expand TFL’s to give exclusive logging rights to major logging companies on BC’s public lands is in its final week of public input. The image has chosen by the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition to be featured in an exhibition this summer at the Royal Geographical Society in London and around national forest venues across England.
- B.C. forest giveaway threatens to speed up collapse
"How did we get to this point? It is no secret that this redressed proposal is especially aimed at companies operating in the Interior. After the mountain pine beetle epidemic, the province allowed a significant increase to the annual cut to deal with massive quantities of dead or dying trees in this region. But that process has almost run its course: dead wood is running out and forest companies are cutting down more and more living trees, also known as green timber. In a headline-making case, West Fraser and Canfor took one million cubic metres of green timber over and above the allocated cut, without penalty by the B.C. government."
- Echo Lake BIODIVERSITY BLITZ! Sat May 31 - Sun June 1, 2014
THIS WEEKEND, join the Ancient Forest Alliance along with a group of biologists and environmental experts for a weekend of biodiversity surveys, a guided walk and nature talks at Echo Lake. Located between Mission and Agassiz east of Vancouver, Echo Lake is a spectacular and endangered lowland old-growth forest. Come out to experience and learn about this unique ecosystem and find out more about the birds, amphibians, mammals, plants, fungi, and other living things that make Echo Lake their home!
Saturday, May 31st, 1:30pm-5pm: Citizens Science Day
• Searching for Amphibians! with Barb Beasley
• Fungi Walks! with Erin Feldman, and Adolf & Oluna Ceska
• Mossome Mosses and Other Awesome Plants!
Sunday, June 1st, 1:30pm-5pm: Biodiversity Nature Walk
Learn about old-growth forest characteristics and ecology, plant ID, forest-canopy research, and more!
**See details for meeting times & locations!**
**Participants should pre-register for either or both days by sending an email to email@example.com and indicate which day (either or both) they would like to attend.
- “Forest Giveaway Plan” for Timber Companies Threatens BC’s Public Forest Lands! Please SPEAK UP Now - May 30 noon Deadline!
In April, the BC Liberal government revived their proposal to allow major logging companies to receive exclusive logging rights over vast areas of public forest lands through the expansion of Tree Farm Licences. Despite being killed by widespread public opposition in 2013, they’ve resurrected this “forest giveaway scheme” like a zombie, in a bid to increase property rights for timber corporations on our public lands. These lands are vital for wildlife, recreation, scenery, clean water, wild salmon, First Nations, and small forestry operators.
Go to www.BCForestMovement.com and see here for more ways to speak up!
- Submission by Anthony Britneff to the BC Government's TFL-Expansion Plans
"Democracy is about public debate and choice. This process offers neither to British Columbia’s residents, the owners of the forest resource. It is about changing the mix of tenure within the existing system of governance without choices."
- Submission by Vicky Husband to the BC Government's TFL-Expansion Plans
"TFLs have always enabled monopolistic corporate control of our public forests and, over the long term, have not maintained the public benefits that were promised when they were awarded. The sorry state of BC’s coastal forests and coastal forest industry, where the majority of current TFLs exist, provides all the evidence needed to reject the creation of any more TFLs..."
- NOW HIRING - Canvass Director for the Ancient Forest Alliance
The Ancient Forest Alliance is looking for a full-time canvass director to run a door canvass and potentially a street canvass in Vancouver.
Application Deadline: June 8, 2014
Position Begins: June 16, 2014
Please send resumes and cover letters to Joan Varley at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thank You to Earth Day Local Business Fundraisers!
On behalf of B.C's endangered old-growth forests, we'd like to say 'Thank You' to all of the local businesses who held an event to support us on Earth Day, April 22nd: North Park Bike Shop, Ananda Ayurveda, Cafe 932, and the Grassroots Eco-Salon. The AFA is supported by thousands of individual donors and small and independent businesses who allow us to continue our forest-saving campaigns. Thank you so much for your support!
- *POSTPONED* Date TBA: Kwakiutl First Nations Community RALLY in Port Hardy
A community rally will be held sometime in the near future by the Kwakiutl First Nation band in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, asking the BC government and major forest companies to respect their land and their treaty. The rally will be in regards to Island Timberlands' logging of a 700 year old ancient redcedar forest near their reserve in late December without consulting the band.
- NEW! Check out our new Youtube clip (2 min.) on 'Big Lonely Doug', the 2nd largest Douglas-fir tree in Canada!
Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island - "Big Lonely Doug", a recently found old-growth Douglas-fir tree standing alone in a clearcut on southern Vancouver Island, has been officially measured to be the second largest Douglas-fir tree in Canada. Last week, renowned forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, who manages the BC Big Tree Registry run by the University of British Columbia and is also the co-author of the best-selling "Plants of Coastal British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon", measured the goliath tree.
- Check out Canada's second largest Douglas-fir tree (photos)
"Dubbed 'Big Lonely Doug', this Douglas-fir is the second largest tree of its species (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in Canada."
- Towering Vancouver Island tree officially second-largest in the country
The Globe and Mail's coverage on Big Lonely Doug.
- “Big Lonely Doug” Officially Measured and Confirmed as Canada’s 2nd Largest Douglas-fir Tree
“Big Lonely Doug”, a recently found old-growth Douglas-fir tree standing alone in a clearcut on southern Vancouver Island, has been officially measured to be the second largest Douglas-fir tree in Canada. Last week, renowned forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon measured the goliath tree. The results are as follows..
- Big Lonely Doug Officially 2nd-Largest Fir in Canada
Article by Huffington Post on the recent measurement of Big Lonely Doug as the second largest Douglas fir in Canada.
- Towering Vancouver Island tree officially second-largest in the country
The Montreal Gazette's news coverage on Big Lonely Doug.
- B.C.'s 'Big Lonely Doug' is the second-largest tree in Canada
The Province's article on the official measurement of Big Lonely Doug, the second largest Douglas fir in Canada, located near Port Renfrew BC.
- Vancouver Island tree officially second-largest in Canada
Coverage by CTV News on Big Lonely Doug, officially measured as the second-largest Dougas fir tree in Canada.
- Towering Vancouver Island tree officially second-largest in the country
"Tape measures confirm that a Douglas fir tree on Vancouver Island is officially the second-largest in Canada. According to the B.C. Big Tree Registry run by the University of British Columbia, the tree stands 70.2 metres high, about as tall as an 18-storey building. It has a diameter of 3.91 metres — almost as long as a mid-sized car. Dubbed "Big Lonely Doug" by those who found it, it takes 11.91 metres of tape to wrap round the base of the enormous evergreen and at the top, the tree's canopy spreads 18.33 metres across."
- First Tribal Park in BC/Indigenous Relations, Meares Island, Turns 30 Years Old and is Expanded
The Meares Island Tribal Park was the first Tribal Park declared in British Columbia, and resulted in keeping the island’s majestic old-growth red-cedar forests still standing to this day. Since that time the Tribal Park model has not only been expanded by Tla-o-qui-aht in their own territory, but has also inspired First Nations’ protected areas across British Columbia and increasingly, around the world.
“The declaration of Meares Island as a Tribal Park 30 years ago set in motion an idea that has caught and spread throughout indigenous communities, that we can sustain our cultures by safeguarding the land and living things that provide for us,” stated Eli Enns, Tla-o-qui-aht co-founder of the Ha’uukmin (Kennedy Lake Watershed) Tribal Park in Clayoquot Sound. “We can assert our own management plans for our territories, as we have been doing for thousands of years, so that we can continue to live in harmony with the land that sustains us and all of humanity.”
- Earth Day Conservation Vision: Conservationists Propose Expanded Protection around World-Famous Cathedral Grove as Island Timberlands Poised to Log Mountainside Above Park
Conservationists call on BC government to expand protection around Cathedral Grove, including Mount Horne, the scenic Cameron Lake, the Alberni Summit Highway, and the Cameron River Canyon, as Island Timberlands is poised to log Mount Horne above the world-famous old-growth forest.
- Tla-o-qui-aht, Tofino Celebrate Tribal park Declaration
The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation band in southern Clayoquot Sound (Meares Island, Kennedy Lake, Long Beach, Clayoquot Valley, Tofino and Tranquil Creeks region...) have a long history of pioneering Tribal Parks and continue to do so today. Here's a good article about their recent celebration and some history of the battle for old-growth forests on Meares Island in the early 1980's that really sparked the campaigns to save Vancouver Island's old-growth forests over 30 years ago!
- Earth Day Inspires Environmental Actions Around the World
Many Earth Day events throughout the world are focused on trees and forests.
In Western Canada, conservationists are calling on the British Columbia government to expand protection around MacMillan Provincial Park to fully encompass the forests above and adjacent to the world-famous Cathedral Grove.
- Earth Day: AFA Booths, Events & Fundraisers in VICTORIA & VANCOUVER
Come out to support the Ancient Forest Alliance at these upcoming Earth Day/Week events, booths & fundraisers in Victoria and Vancouver, including the Earth Day Parade & Celebration, Creatively United for the Planet, Cafe 932, North Park Bike Shop, Grassroots Eco Salon's "Haircuts not Clearcuts" fundraiser, and the Granville Island Public Market. SEE HERE for details on all these events. Thanks so much to these organizers and local businesses for your support!
- Forum urges residents to Stand Up for forests
Approximately 200 people came out to hear from First Nations, labour leaders, forestry policy analyst Anthony Britneff and noted environmentalist Vicky Husband. Britneff is a former senior forester with the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range. He retired in 2010 after 40 years with the agency, and has been speaking out about what he calls "a perfect storm of mismanagement." On April 1, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steven Thomson announced a public consultation on a proposal to increase area-based tenures and tree farm licences. The consultation runs until May 30. "This process is not a public consultation at all. It's the government asking for feedback on what it plans to do," Britneff said.
- Playing with words regarding Tree Farm Licences
"When you drill down past all the headings and references to Area-based Forest Tenures on the Ministry’s website and in its Discussion Paper, it becomes clear that what the Ministry is proposing is a rollover of volume-based licences into one particular - and highly controversial - type of area-based tenure, i.e. Tree Farm Licences (TFLs).
So, rather than a Discussion Paper on Area-based Forest Tenures, the Discussion Paper could be more accurately described as a Discussion Paper promoting the benefits of Tree Farm Licences and defining the criteria for rollover to these TFLs. Why confound the terms and cause confusion? Why not make it crystal clear, with no ambiguity, that this whole exercise is about TFLs alone? Well, Tree Farm Licences have always been controversial in BC. Just last year, the Minister of Forests tried to push through legislation allowing for large-scale conversion of existing timber licenses into TFLs. Many in the province felt that this move would be a giveaway to the investors and shareholders of a few big companies at the expense of other sectors of the forest industry, First Nations and the population as a whole. In the face of widespread opposition, the Forest Minister was forced to withdraw the legislation."
- BC Liberal Government Revives Proposed “Forest Giveaway Scheme” for Major Logging Companies on Public Forest Lands
Revived proposal would entrench the status quo of unsustainable overcutting by granting exclusive logging rights to major timber companies over vast areas of public forest lands by expanding Tree Farm Licences.
- B.C. government reopens timber rights talks
Critics argue that giving forest companies increased control over Crown land spells disaster for the environment and makes it more difficult to settle First Nations treaties. “When companies say they want greater certainty over the land base, what they mean is greater certainty against conservation measures and treaty settlement,” said Ken Wu, executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance. “There’s a lot of other users and a lot of other values on those lands besides large-scale logging.” NDP forests critic Norm Macdonald said there is no evidence that allowing exclusive rights in a timber area benefits anyone other than the big forest companies, many of whom are major donors to the B.C. Liberal Party.
- B.C. announces plans to revamp its timber supply system for forestry firms
Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the Liberal government is taking another shot at giving forest companies more rights to control British Columbia's public forest lands, but he rejects criticism that the plan would privatize provincial forests. The move could dramatically change the way public forests are managed by granting lumber companies tenure rights, or logging rights, to large pieces of land. Companies are currently allotted timber harvest rights on a specified numbers of trees. Plans to amend the Forest Act last year to move towards area-based tenures were dumped after a public outcry.
- Timber companies can't see the consequences for the trees
British Columbia is in the midst of an unprecedented and unsustainable salvage operation in its interior forests because of the attack of the mountain pine beetle. And yet, when two of the province’s biggest forestry companies were caught going into those woods and cutting truckloads of healthy green timber meant for future harvests, Forests Minister Steve Thomson’s reaction was as mild as a milk-sated kitten. After forestry-ministry staff raised alarms, Mr. Thomson signed an order that could have led to hefty penalties for Canfor and West Fraser for taking greenwood in an area where they were supposed to be targeting the dead and dying pine. In defiance of the chief forester’s order, set down in February, 2008, the two companies overcut 928,000 cubic metres worth of healthy trees in the Morice Timber Supply Area, around the community of Houston, in B.C.’s northwest. But the minister’s order was rescinded after the companies – both heavy contributors to the governing B.C. Liberal party – agreed to behave. The past is forgiven, no need for consequences.
- Comment: Forest, parks bills should be open to debate
On Feb. 25, two proposed bills, Bill 4 and Bill 5, entered their second reading and almost no one noticed. If passed, the two amendment bills — known as the Park Amendment Act and the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act — would adversely affect forest-based jobs and our protected areas network, which are anchors for the motto “Super Natural B.C.”
- Overharvesting - Who is watching our forests?
"It is an outrageous amount. According to a document from the Ministry of Forests that was recently brought to light in the provincial legislature (1), for the five years between 2008 – 2013, the forest company giants, Canfor and West Fraser, overcut 928,000 cubic metres of non-pine wood in the Morice Timber Supply Area (TSA), a region in north-western British Columbia. This overharvesting was done in direct violation of the Allowable Annual Cut (AAC), and is equivalent to about 23,000 logging truck loads of timber."
- Canada's second largest Douglas fir tree may have been found near Port Renfrew
Activists with the Ancient Forest Alliance say provincial government should do more to protect the province’s biggest trees. “There is an urgency to protect these areas because old-growth logging continues right near Port Renfrew,” says Watt. The organization has been calling for provincial legislation to protect big trees and monumental groves.
See here for comprehensive coverage including TV news video, gallery of photos and written article on Global TV's website.
- Giant tree nicknamed 'Big Lonely Doug' stands along in clear-cut
Global TV's (BC's largest TV news station) main news piece about "Big Lonely Doug", which may be Canada's 2nd largest Douglas-fir. Global TV joined the AFA's TJ Watt and Ken Wu on a tour of the tree and clearcut yesterday.
- Big Lonely Doug
Global TV "pre-news piece" snippet using the AFA's still photos about Big Lonely Doug, which may be Canada's second largest Douglas-fir.
- Big Lonely Doug coverage in Epoch Times
"Big Lonely Doug" is covered in a Chinese-language newspaper, the Epoch Times.
- Big Lonely Doug Could Be Canada's 2nd Largest Douglas-Fir
"The AFA also warned that the number of tall trees similar to Big Lonely Doug are growing scarce in the Pacific Northwest. 'The days of colossal trees like these are quickly coming to an end as the timber industry cherry-picks the last unprotected, valley-bottom, lower elevation ancient stands in southern B.C. where giants like this grow.'"
- Vancouver Island Douglas-fir may be Canada’s second biggest
Judging from the rings on nearby stumps, the tree could be nearly 1,000 years old. "These types of colossal growth trees historically built B.C.'s logging industry. Now they're just about gone," Wu said. The group is calling for legislation to protect old-growth ecosystems and the big trees they contain. Wu noted the area where Big Lonely Doug was found now has even greater claim as the tall tree capital. The world's largest recorded Douglas-fir stands in the nearby San Juan River Valley and is measured to be 73.8 metres tall and 13.28 metres in circumference. "The biggest spruce is also there, there's the biggest cedar in Cheewhat Lake, and then there's Avatar Grove."
- Canada's second largest Douglas Fir tree found in B.C.
The Ancient Forest Alliance has spent years tracking down Vancouver Island’s largest trees in an effort to bring awareness to the plight of old growth forests. Claiming only 10 per cent of the productive, old growth forest on the Island is under protection, Wu believes more protection is needed. “Second-growth forests in B.C. are logged every 50 years, so if you lose something that doesn’t come back for another 1,000 years, it’s gone for good,” he said. “And all the creatures associated with these ancient forests lose their habitat.” Wu said the forest around Big Lonely Doug would have served as habitat for the endangered Queen Charlotte goshawk.
- Canada's second largest Douglas-fir discovered
Newly-measured “Big Lonely Doug” is a gargantuan, old-growth Douglas-fir tree now standing alone in a recent logging clearcut on southern Vancouver Island. Conservationists call for comprehensive provincial legislation to protect BC’s biggest trees, monumental groves, and endangered old-growth forests on the International Day of Forests today, according to a press release from Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Canada's 2nd Largest Fir Tree
Here's a news clip by CHEK TV on Big Lonely Doug, the 2nd largest Douglas-fir in Canada, featuring the photos of the AFA's TJ Watt.
- Media Release: Canada’s Most Significant Big Tree Discovery in Decades!
Newly-measured “Big Lonely Doug” is a gargantuan, old-growth Douglas-fir tree now standing alone in a recent logging clearcut on southern Vancouver Island. Conservationists call for comprehensive provincial legislation to protect BC’s biggest trees, monumental groves, and endangered old-growth forests on the International Day of Forests today.
- Visit the AFA's Booth this Saturday March 8th at Robinson's Outdoor Store!
Come to Robinson's Outdoor Store (1307 Broad St.) this Saturday March 8th from 10am-4pm and stop by our Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) booth to chat to our friendly staff, sign our petition, make a donation, or buy our beautiful posters, cards, stickers, and other items to help support the cause! Let this business know you are grateful to them for giving the AFA space to set up our booth!
- Ground Zero: Island Timberlands
Government scientists Darryn McConkey and Erica McClaren stated "negotiations ceased because we could not agree on the management regime within these boundaries. Island Timberlands wanted to extract timber resources from within UWRs [Ungulate Winter Ranges] and WHA 1-002 [Wildlife Habitat Area for endangered Queen Charlotte Goshawks]
and Ministry of Forests could not scientifically rationalize how the quality of these areas could be maintained." Ministry scientists go on to say that Island Timberlands's proposed management "did not incorporate any input from the Ministry of Environment" and "is not supported by the best available science."
- Ancient Forest Movement of BC
Here's a new small documentary video clip by Daniel Pierce about the groups fighting Island Timberlands' old-growth logging, coming together in solidarity in Cathedral Grove last October.
- Yogis in support of the Ancient Forest Alliance!
Thank you to Feel Good Yoga and to the Karma Class participants for stretching out and supporting the Ancient Forest Alliance with your donation! You're helping us push forward our campaign to protect BC's biggest trees and monumental groves as well as other endangered old-growth forests across the province.
- Sat. March 1st - 4th Annual Tree Huggers Ball Dance Party Fundraiser for AFA!
It's that time of year again! The UVic Ancient Forest Committee is holding its 4th annual Tree Huggers Ball dance party fundraiser! This event, with great live bands and DJ's, has provided incredible support for the AFA, raising thousands of dollars over the past three years - all by having FUN!!
Where: Felicita's Pub at UVic
When: Saturday, March 1st
Tickets: $10 at the door and all proceeds will go directly to the Ancient Forest Alliance! 19+ age event.
- NEW PHOTO GALLERY: Kwakiutl First Nation Protest Island Timberlands Logging
A week ago, Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners Ken Wu, TJ Watt, and Hannah Carpendale were in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, where the Kwakiutl First Nation Band is currently protesting Island Timberlands' logging operations near their reserve. They invited us to meet community members, document the logging and protest, and support their efforts.
- Tree growth never slows
Many foresters have long assumed that trees gradually lose their vigour as they mature, but a new analysis suggests that the larger a tree gets, the more kilos of carbon it puts on each year. "The trees that are adding the most mass are the biggest ones, and that holds pretty much everywhere on Earth that we looked," says Nathan Stephenson, an ecologist at the US Geological Survey in Three Rivers, California, and the first author of the study, which appears today in Nature. "Trees have the equivalent of an adolescent growth spurt, but it just keeps going."
- Kwakiutl protest logging
With the blessing of the Kwakiutl Hereditary Chief, the Kwakiutl Indian Band held a peaceful protest last Thursday, January 9, at an Island Timberlands logging operations in Port Hardy. Band members carried signs proclaiming the area as Kwakiutl traditional territory and gathered at the entrance of the site.
- Surprise! Old growth trees are 'star players' in gobbling greenhouse gas.
The oldest trees in a forest aren't just passively clinging to the carbon they've drawn from the atmosphere and stored as leaves and wood - they're capturing CO2 at a pace that increases with each passing year.
- Arbutus RV Island Adventures Ep.1 - Avatar Grove
Shaw TV's Sucheta Singh takes us just north of Port Renfrew to Avatar Grove. A magical place full of old growth forest the size of skyscrapers.
- 163 Years of Delay, Denial and Dishonour: Kwakiutl First Nation Marks Treaty Anniversary with Day Twelve of Protest
"The people of Kwakiutl have been left with no choice but to protest and stop Canada and BC from allowing Companies to cut and remove cedar trees from our Land," said Chief Coreen Child of Kwakiutl First Nation. Cedar is vital to the Kwakiutl people, contributing to every facet of life--from ceremony to sanctuary. "As our respected ones taught us, the trees are the 'standing people'. They have the same energy as a bear, a salmon, a mountain, or a human being. The trees in the forest are like family," said Tom Child, Lands Manager and Band Member of Kwakiutl First Nation.
- Conservation and industry reach agreement on protecting old growth in the Great Bear
The agreement -- which will preserve another 500,000 hectares of old growth -- increases forest protection to nearly 70 per cent in the mid-coast region from the 50 per cent level already protected by 2009. The addition pushes the amount of old-growth forest preserved to more than three million hectares, an area larger than Metro Vancouver.
- Kwakiutl First Nation protests BC government's attempts to shirk responsibilities
"Last June, the nation went to court to seek a judicial review of decisions made by the Provincial Crown in granting land tenures to logging company Western Forest Products. Under the provisions of an 1851 treaty between the Crown and the Kwakiutl First Nation, the Kwakiutl argued the province should have consulted meaningfully with them before allowing Western Forest Products to remove more than 14,000 hectares of private land from the area covered by Tree Farm Licence 6. The licence also covers roughly half of traditional Kwakiutl territory.
The province filed its appeal several weeks ago, and members of the Kwakiutl have been protesting on their traditional territory ever since, and they have no plans to stop any time soon."
- Oldies but goodies: The oldest establishments in B.C., and a couple of people as well
"If you were expecting Canada's longest-lived tree to be a towering monolith, you're in for a disappointment. B.C.'s oldest tree is a 1,835-year-old yellow cedar stump in the Caren Range of the Sunshine Coast.
Oldest Tree Protector:
"Victoria resident Al Carder, 103, has been working to identify and protect the province's tallest trees for close to 97 years. His devotion to big trees grew from a child's sense of self-preservation in Cloverdale in 1917, when his father suggested he accompany him to measure a nearby Douglas fir felled by loggers...Carder is an inspiration to young environmentalists. Ken Wu, executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance, points out that Carder has outlasted B.C.'s 80-year-old second-growth forests, which replaced its felled old-growth giants."
- SFU Slideshow: The Campaign to Protect BC's Endangered Ancient Forests!
Friday, Feb.7, 2014
4:30 to 6:00pm
West Mall Center rm 3253, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
Join Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance to learn about the politics and ecology of BC’s endangered ancient forests, and find out how to help ensure their protection!
- NOW HIRING: Vancouver Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator
The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is seeking a friendly, organized and self-motivated individual to coordinate specific grassroots fundraising efforts in Vancouver.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2014
Start Date: February 24, 2014.
To apply, please contact Joan Varley: email@example.com
- How Many Old Growth Trees Make a Forest?
"They also wondered if TimberWest had tailored a definition of old growth that allowed them to search out and cut the last remaining stands of old forest by calling them second growth. 'How did TimberWest pull that off?' asked Valerie Langer of Forest Ethics Solutions. 'By using a bizarre, technically unheard of, definition they made up.' ...[the local residents] found a recent cut-block full of tall, straight, giant trees dominated by Douglas fir over 500 years old and equally impressive stands of western red cedar. Unfortunately, they claim, the trees were already felled and lying on the ground."
- UBC Forestry Forum and Rally - Thursday Jan.23 at UBC
Rally from 3:15 to 4:00 pm at the Martha Piper Fountain, and Forum from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Forest Sciences Center rm.1005, 2424 Main Mall. Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) union along with diverse environmental, industry, and First Nations speakers.
- Carbon emissions from BC forests alarming: environmental group
“We’re concerned this has become a long-term problem,” said Jens Wieting from environmental advocacy group the Sierra Club. Ideally, a healthy forest will absorb more carbon in the soil and trees than it releases, for example through burning, decomposition and logging. This is sometimes called a carbon sink. Due to a number of factors — including pine beetle infestation, slash fires, wood waste and clear cutting — B.C.’s forests have not done this since 2003, and are emitting carbon dioxide at alarming rates, the group said.
- Trees accelerate growth as they get older and bigger, study finds
Most living things reach a certain age and then stop growing, but trees accelerate their growth as they get older and bigger, a global study has found. "This finding contradicts the usual assumption that tree growth eventually declines as trees get older and bigger," said Nate Stephenson, the study's lead author and a forest ecologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS). "It also means that big, old trees are better at absorbing carbon from the atmosphere than has been commonly assumed."
- Thanks to Cat Abyss Clothing!
Thanks to Cat Abyss Clothing, a new eco-friendly clothing company who will donate 10% of proceeds to the Ancient Forest Alliance from their kickstarter campaign.
- No sale for Dakota Bowl cutblocks
Good news near Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast! All of the proposed clearcuts in the old-growth cedars of Dakota Bowl have now been dropped by BC Timber Sales. Thanks to Elphinstone Logging Focus for their work in this area, including finding the widest hemlock in BC!
- EVENT: Battle for the Trees - Monday, Dec. 2 in Victoria!
DATE: Monday, December 2, 2013
LOCATION: Ambrosia Event Center, 638 Fisgard St.,Victoria
TIME: 7:00-9:00 pm
Drinks! Snacks! Silent Auction of Goodies! Presentations! New AFA calendars and shirts!
- Cathedral Grove under threat?
In this coverage of the Cathedral Grove controversy, take note that only 1% of old-growth Coastal Douglas-fir trees remain in all ecosystem types across the coast (i.e. they are not only scarce in the "Coastal Douglas Fir" biogeoclimatic zone which Island Timberlands seems to imply, but in the Dry Maritime subzone of the Coastal Western Hemlock zone where Cathedral Grove lies and in other forest types...) and that the planned protection as Ungulate Winter Range for black-tailed deer in the areas now being logged or roaded by Island Timberlands was supposed to be followed up by provincial legislation - but the lands were removed from the TFL and the company and BC government failed to follow-up with an agreement to ensure these areas' protection.
- Logging Around Cathedral Grove Highlights Need For Forestry Engagement
MLA Andrew Weaver speaks up for Cathedral Grove's protection: "The decision to log the stand owned by Island Timberlands, adjacent to Cathedral Grove, goes against the idea of using a scientific approach to managing our forests. Identified previously as important Black-tailed Deer wintering habitat, the fracturing of this habitat will have adverse effects. Furthermore, Cathedral Grove is an iconic tourist attraction on Vancouver Island – it is unsurprising that there has been such a public backlash against logging activity so close by. This is an example of the current conflict driven model of forestry management – and the negative impacts it has on everyone involved."
- SEND a MESSAGE website to protect the forests around Cathedral Grove
We've launched a new SEND a MESSAGE website to protect the forests around Cathedral Grove against Island Timberlands' old-growth logging plans, and to protect old-growth forests across BC.
Please take 20 seconds to add your voice, and please SHARE - already 1100 people have sent messages in less than 24 hours since we launched the site! http://www.savecathedralgrove.com/
- No logging old-growth on the Duncan – for now
The company that holds the forest license that would allow logging to two stands of thousand-year-old cedar deep in the Duncan River valley says that the trees will stay standing – for now.
“There seems to be no official old growth management plan for this area and that means what’s left can be on a hit list whenever. That needs to change.”
- BCTS drops headwaters block from future plans
BC Timber Sales (BCTS) has decided to drop the cutblock known as the Roberts Creek headwaters ancient forest from its future harvesting plans, BCTS planning forester Norm Kempe has confirmed.
After Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) “managed to elevate the issue in the public’s eye,” Kempe said his office was contacted by “a number of individuals” requesting the cutblock be permanently set aside
- 'Clayoquot Conversations: The Legacy and Future of Clayoquot Sound'
Tues., Nov. 12, 7:30pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria BC
Admission by donation.
Clayoquot Sound by Tofino on Vancouver Island contains the largest tracts of remaining lowland ancient forest in southern British Columbia. See several great speakers, including Valerie Langer, veteran campaign and protest organizer in Clayoquot (now ForestEthics forest campaigner), and Elizabeth May, former head of the Sierra Club of Canada (now Green MP).
- Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest Receives Protection
Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is pleased to announce that they’ve been informed by BC Timber Sales (BCTS) that Cutblock DK045, which ELF has been lobbying to protect, has been canceled from future BCTS logging plans. DK045 was part of a larger TFL A79517 (Dakota Bowl, lower Sunshine Coast) consisting of Yellow-cedar and hemlock where the trees range in age from 800-1,800 years old. This key headwaters forest (17.6Ha/43.4acres) is located on the north slope of Mt. Elphinstone, and acts as corridor with 2 Wildlife Habitat Areas.
- Flagged as ‘critical’ to deer habitat, area near Cathedral Grove was turned over to logging
"Decade-old government documents show that an area being logged near Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island was identified by Ministry of Environment biologists as critical winter habitat for deer that had to be protected.
Environmental groups have been protesting the logging in recent weeks, arguing that a 40-hectare patch on Mt. Horne is an important wildlife corridor. But Island Timberlands is permitted to log there because the government took the land out of Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 44 in 2004, putting it under a private land management regime that allows the company to decide what’s best for wildlife."
- Old-growth forest near Cathedral Grove to be logged, groups fear
"Scott Fraser, NDP MLA for Alberni-Pacific Rim, said that when the land went to Island Timberlands, the agreement was cast aside. “These areas were supposed to be left,” said Fraser, who has been working since 2006 to protect the land, including the Port Alberni watershed. “I have so many outraged constituents, including retired loggers who have never seen this kind of forest activity.”
- Video: MLA claims wrongful logging
MLA Scott Fraser for Port Alberni-Pacific speaks up on Cathedral Grove and how the BC government's own biologists opposed deregulation of the old-growth areas intended to be reserved for wildlife - many of which are now being logged by Island Timberlands.
- Cathedral Grove threatened by nearby logging, conservationist says
“Cathedral Grove is B.C.’s iconic old-growth forest that people around the world love – it’s like the redwoods of Canada. The fact that a company can just move to log the mountainside above Canada’s most famous old-growth forest – assisted by the B.C. government’s previous deregulation of those lands and their current failure to take responsibility – underscores the brutal collusion between the B.C. Liberal government and the largest companies to liquidate our ancient forest heritage.”
- Anthony Britneff: The Liberals’ forest plans are not sustainable
"With the recent announcement that two sawmills in the communities of Quesnel and Houston will close with the loss of more than 430 jobs, the time has come to face an unpleasant but necessary truth. Our forests are so depleted as a result of the unprecedented Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak and more than a decade-long logging frenzy in response to it, that we cannot possibly sustain the sawmilling industry that we currently have. The provincial government has known for years that this would happen, yet did nothing of consequence to prepare for it. Worse, it now appears to be using the unfolding crisis to set the stage for the virtual privatization of British Columbia’s public forests, a move that it knows full well most members of the public oppose."
- Douglas Firs in jeopardy: conservationists
"People on Vancouver Island fear a stand of old-growth Douglas Firs near Cathedral Grove is about to be logged.Conservationists have seen evidence of a logging road being built into the patch of forest. 'We have already lost 99 per cent of the old growth coastal Douglas Firs.'”
- B.C. old-growth logging plan slammed by conservationists
"Conservation groups are demanding forestry company Island Timberlands abandon plans to log old-growth forest on the perimeter of a Vancouver Island provincial park. The company is building a logging road to a site that sits 300 metres from the border of MacMillan Provincial Park, best noted for a protected stand of old-growth trees within the park known as Cathedral Grove."
- Cathedral Grove, Canada’s Most Famous Old-Growth Forest, Under Threat as Island Timberlands Moves to Log Adjacent Old-Growth Mountainside
Port Alberni, Vancouver Island – Cathedral Grove, Canada’s most famous old-growth forest, is under threat as one of the province’s largest logging companies, Island Timberlands, began falling a new logging road right-of-way last week towards a stand of old-growth Douglas-fir trees on the mountainside above Cathedral Grove. Cathedral Grove is in the 300 hectare MacMillan Provincial Park, an area smaller than Vancouver’s Stanley Park, located along the Cameron River at the base of Mount Horne where the planned logging would occur.
- Groups protest logging in Qualicum Beach watershed
Extremely rare groves of oldgrowth Coastal Douglas-firs, of which only 1% remain, constitute much of these contentious forest lands, they say.
"These corporate private lands were previously regulated to public land standards for over half a century in exchange for the BC government's granting of free Crown land logging rights to the companies," said Ken Wu, executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance. "What has happened is that the regulations on private lands were removed recently, while the companies were still allowed to keep their Crown land logging rights."
- Protesters target old-growth logging on Island
"Protesters from the Ancient Forest Alliance, the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance and several other groups unfurled a banner reading 'Hands off old growth' and handed leaflets to visitors stopping at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4.
Conservationists are calling on Island Timberlands to suspend plans to log old-growth forests while asking the provincial government to restore a park acquisition fund, and earmark $40 million a year for a decade to go into the fund."
- Rally Against Logging Old-Growth Forests
Coast News - "Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance says the deregulation of large areas of old growth forest by the government in 2004 has enabled the company to start logging areas that animals like elk and deer, and endangered species like the Queen Charlotte Goshawk, rely upon for survival...'...they’ve got to back off from the areas that were previously designated for protection. These areas are the ecological gems; the high conservation-value forests and extremely rare old growth forests where deer and elk spend the winter. Those areas were all off-limits to logging until the government removed those environmental laws just a few years ago.'"
- Rally stands for ancient trees
CTV News Clip on the rally at Cathedral Grove against Island Timberlands:
- MEDIA RELEASE: Conflict Escalates with Island Timberlands as Conservation Groups Rally in Cathedral Grove in Solidarity
Island Timberlands’ recent expansion of logging operations in multiple endangered old-growth forests on Vancouver Island has prompted diverse community conservation groups to call on the company to immediately back-off and for the BC Liberal government to be responsible and protect these lands.
- Are big-five forest firms about to get a windfall?
The Province - "Author Ben Parfitt is among those concerned about a small number of large forest companies gaining even greater control over B.C.’s publicly-owned forests."
- RALLY: Island Timberlands - Hands Off our Old-Growth Forests! Tuesday, Oct. 22
Join a diverse collaboration of community groups standing together to stop Island Timberlands' ongoing and planned logging of high conservation value forests on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. Hold a sign, help leaflet tourists to raise awareness, or just come out to show your solidarity!
• When: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
• Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
• Where: Cathedral Grove parking lot
- Avatar Grove Hike and Boardwalk Fundraiser Sunday Oct. 20th
Join Ancient Forest Alliance organizers Ken Wu and TJ Watt on Sunday, Oct. 20th for a fantastic forest hike to learn about old-growth forest ecology, see the progress of the boardwalk so far, and find out how you can help support the completion of this important project!
- Avatar Grove Volunteer Weekend October 19-20th, 2013
The Ancient Forest Alliance is looking for dedicated, considerate, and capable volunteers to help construct the Avatar Grove boardwalk the weekend of October 19-20th in Port Renfrew, British Columbia.
- Ancient Forest Slideshow this Thursday at SFU!
Join the Ancient Forest Alliance's Hannah Carpendale for a slideshow presentation on the ecology and politics of BC's old-growth forests. Learn about key areas in need of protection, and find out how YOU can get involved in the campaign to save BC's endangered ancient forests!
- Anti-logging blockade aims to protect Chilcotin moose
CBC News - "Members of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation have set up a blockade to stop logging southwest of Williams Lake, saying they're worried about declining moose populations in the Chilcotin. Chief Joe Alphonse, chair of the Tsilhqot'in government, says an area known as the "Big Meadow" was once an ideal moose habitat covered with lush forests of pine."
- AFA Slideshow at Nanoose Library Hall - Thursday, Oct. 10th, 7pm.
Join the Ancient Forest Alliance's TJ Watt for a slideshow presentation on the current status, ecology, wildlife, and related policies that affect BC's old-growth forests and how we can work to ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry. Updated photos and maps from BC's coastal old-growth forests.
- Ancient trees, historic sites at risk in Roberts Creek Headwaters Forest
The Local newspaper - "Local environmental groups are calling on the BC government to establish an ecological reserve on approximately 15 hectares of endangered old-growth forest located on public (Crown) land at the headwaters of Roberts Creek. BC Timber Sales (BCTS) has applied to log DK045, the mid elevation old-growth yellow-cedar forest, located about seven kilometres northeast of Roberts Creek village. The group contends the forest’s proximity to Highway 101 makes it a high potential eco-tourism destination. With the sale of the block delayed until March, 2014 as BCTS awaits the results of an ecological and cultural survey by Ministry of Forest researchers."
- Ancient Yellow-Cedar Forest at Risk in the Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest, Sunshine Coast, BC
Roberts Creek, BC - Local environmental groups are calling on the BC government to establish an Ecological Reserve on approximately 15 hectares of endangered old-growth forest located on public (Crown) land at the headwaters of Roberts Creek on BC’s Lower Sunshine Coast. The mid elevation forest, located about 7 kilometres northeast of the community Roberts Creek, is proposed to be logged by BC Timber Sales (BCTS).
- Petition to protect Old Growth Cedar in the Duncan River Area
- Friend of the Earth Award for Environmental Excellence in Metchosin Presented to TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance
The Metchosin municipal council has given Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) campaigner and photographer TJ Watt official recognition for his exceptional contribution towards environmental sustainability. Watt is the recipient of the 2013 “Friend of the Earth” Award, an environmental award presented each year for over a decade to a Metchosin resident whose contribution towards conserving the province’s natural beauty has been particularly outstanding. The award was presented by Metchosin councillor Moralea Milne on Sunday during the annual Metchosin Day festival.
- Vancouver Business contributes to support ancient forests!
The Ancient Forest Alliance would like to recognize Vancouver-based photographer Karen Cooper for her support for the AFA through sales of her beautiful plaque-mounted photographs of Echo Lake. A huge thanks for Karen for her continued creative support!
Plaques are still available (in sizes 5x7, 8x12 and 12x18) with 15% of proceeds donated to the AFA. To purchase one for yourself or as a gift, please get in touch with Karen through her website (www.karencooperphotography.com) or stop by her gallery on Granville Island (1506 Duranleau St.) to view her amazing artwork!
- Thank you! Avatar Boardwalk support from Hemp & Co and Haircrafting!
Thank you to Hemp and Company of Victoria and Haircrafting of North Vancouver for their creative business fundraisers supporting the construction of the Avatar Grove Boardwalk!
- Twenty years after clash at Clayoquot Sound, activists see new wave of unrest on the horizon
Twenty years after a protest led to massive arrests on logging roads in Clayoquot Sound the organizers say a lot has changed – but a lot hasn’t, and they predict a new generation of activists may soon be on the barricades again.
- War in the Woods mass arrests 20 years ago prompted lasting change
It is the quiet amid the chaos just as the logging trucks and police rolled in that Tzeporah Berman remembers acutely about the War in the Woods, the fight by environmentalists 20 years ago over Clayoquot Sound. Every day for almost three months during the summer of 1993, Berman and hundreds of other protesters stared down the logging trucks destined for some of Canada's most pristine old-growth forests on Vancouver Island, B.C.
- Clayoquot protest 20 years ago transformed face of environmentalism
The protests at Clayoquot Sound, which lies just off Tofino on Vancouver Island’s outer coast of pristine beaches, rugged coastlines, islets, inlets and tranquil sheltered coves, represented the coalescing of public objections to clearcut logging plans by corporations who were following government policy in majestic old-growth forests.
- Thank you to Seventh Heavean Bio Salon Fundraiser!
Thanks to Seventh Heaven Bio Salon in co-operation with Green Circle Salons (http://bc.greencirclesalons.ca/) for their "Haircuts not Clearcuts" fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance this past Sunday, August 4th, at the Spirit of the Sea Festival in White Rock!
- Avatar Grove: the Extraordinary and the Ordinary
A scant 10 minute walk off a logging road near the BC's West Coast town of Port Renfrew is Avatar Grove, a stand of old cedars so majestic, powerful and gnarled that T. F. Watt said he and his colleagues from the Ancient Forest Alliance "were running around like kids in a candy story" when they found it in 2009.
- Cougar den may have been lost to logging, Port Alberni man says
“Island Timberlands has built a road right up to it, and there’s flagging tape right at the entrance,” said Ray McLellan, who has tracked and watched cougars at the small cave since he was growing up in Port Alberni in the 1970s.
- Province has until Thursday to buy Quadra Island park land with community-raised funds
The government has until 3 p.m. Thursday to submit a bid to buy 395 hectares of waterfront property for sale by forest company Merrill & Ring, based in Washington state.
Quadra Island’s roughly 3,000 full-time residents have led a charge to raise more than $200,000, to try to push the province into action to save the property from logging or development.
- Salon cuts hair in support of endangered forests
If you can stave it off until Sunday (Aug. 4), you can get a cut from noted Vancouver master stylist Champ Waterhouse at the Spirit of the Sea Festival – and help protect endangered old-growth forests in B.C. in the bargain.
- “HAIRCUTS” – NOT CLEARCUTS. Sunday, Aug. 4th
You are invited to participate in saving BC’s Endangered Old-Growth Forests:
Have your hair cut with master stylist Champ Waterhouse at Seventh Heaven’s booth at the Spirit of the Sea Festival on East Beach in White Rock BC, Sunday August 4. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Ancient Forest Alliance!
- Mon. July 22, Greater Victoria's Finest Ancient Forest Walk! Fundraiser
Nature Walk and Fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance with Victoria Natural History Society president Darren Copley and Royal BC Museum collections manager Claudia Copley, and with the Ancient Forest Alliance’s Ken Wu and TJ Watt through the Spectacular ROYAL ROADS ANCIENT FOREST!
- Hike at Avatar Grove - Boardwalk Fundraiser! Sunday, July 21st.
Join Darren Copley, Victoria Natural History Society president, and Claudia Copley, Royal BC Museum entomology collections manager, BC spider expert Dr. Robb Bennett, and Ancient Forest Alliance organizers Ken Wu and TJ Watt on Sunday, July 21st for a fantastic forest hike. You'll learn about the plants and wildlife of our old-growth forests, see the progress of the boardwalk so far and find out how you can help support the completion of this important project!
- Avatar Grove: Seeing the forest for the ancient trees
“There’s so little of this lowland, monumental forest left,” said Mr. Wu. “Luckily, as a result of massive public pressure, this area was saved. It’s one of the finest groves of old growth in B.C. … and it is generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local economy each year.”
Jon Cash, a director of Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce and owner of Soule Creek Lodge, said the economic impact of the trees isn’t something environmentalists have dreamed up.
- Stanley Park Old-Growth Forest Walk and Fundraiser! July 25th, 7:00-8:30pm
Join the Ancient Forest Alliance's Ken Wu, TJ Watt, and Hannah Carpendale for a guided nature walk to some of the largest old-growth redcedars, Douglas-firs, grand firs, and bigleaf maples left in the Lower Mainland! Learn about the ecology, plants, and animals that inhabit this forest.
- Island Timberlands to log contentious old-growth forests on Vancouver Island
Juniper Ridge is an increasingly rare tract of old-growth forest filled with endangered old-growth Douglas-fir trees, sensitive ecosystems of brittle reindeer lichens growing on open rocky outcrops, and an abundance of juniper shrubs.
- Activists decry planned logging of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island
A Vancouver Island company is preparing to log a chunk of old-growth forest near Port Alberni that was once protected as winter range for deer, according to conservation groups.
- Island Timberlands Moves to Log Contentious Old-Growth Forests and Deer Winter Range Intended for Protection on Vancouver Island
Island Timberlands is moving full throttle to log some of their most contentious old-growth forest lands near Port Alberni, including “Juniper Ridge”, an ungulate winter range formerly intended for protection, and Labour Day Lake, the headwaters of Cathedral Grove’s Cameron River.
- Saving the biggest, oldest trees
"In town, I spoke with Jon Cash, the former president of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce and co-proprietor of Soule Creek Lodge. He explained that for about a century Port Renfrew was a lumber town, but when the main company in the area moved its centre of operations to Lake Cowichan in 1990 it caused economic difficulties. 'We had to re-invent ourselves,' said Cash. 'We've recently started promoting tall tree tourism, and it's working.'
Port Renfrew, known as the 'Big Tree Capital of Canada,' is well positioned since many of the nation's largest trees are found in the area. But it's not easy, for the lumber industry covets old-growth trees, which are far more valuable than second-growth trees, and is quietly cutting down as many as possible."
- CBC Radio Interview: New boardwalks at Avatar Grove
Welcoming the world to hidden treasure. Volunteers are building boardwalks to Avatar Grove the old growth forest near Port Renfrew. We hear how popular the site is becoming.
- Tall Tree Music Festival - We have tickets!!
$130 gets you access to 3 days of awesome fun and music from nearly 70 talented artists! Proceeds from our ticket sales go to the AFA with a huge thanks to the Tall Tree Society for their support. Please send us an e-mail if you're interested in purchasing some and to arrange ticket pickup in Victoria!
- Hike at Avatar Grove - Boardwalk Fundraiser! Sunday June, 23rd
Join Ancient Forest Alliance organizers Ken Wu and TJ Watt on Sunday, June 23rd for a fantastic forest hike. You'll get the chance to see the progress of the boardwalk so far and find out how you can help support the completion of this important project!
- Petition to protect the old-growth forests, ecological integrity and scenic viewsheds of the Discovery Islands!
Clearcut logging is destroying coastal communities in British Columbia. You can help: http://bit.ly/ZSZ7fJ
- Sonora Island & the Great Bear Rainforest: Protecting What Remains
Sonora Island is the ‘tail-end’ of the Great Bear Rainforest (or depending on your orientation, it’s the head of the Great Bear). It’s around 160 square kilometers of primarily mountainous terrain, and mostly under forest cover. Homes are sporadically located along its coastline with access by boat and floatplane only. It’s part of unceded aboriginal traditional territories of three First Nations.
- PHOTO GALLERY: Olympic National Park Trip 2013
We just got back from a trip to the astoundingly majestic and mossy temperate rainforests of the Olympic National Park in Washington state, where the Ancient Forest Alliance's photographer, TJ Watt, has taken hundreds of phenomenal photos!
- PHOTO GALLERY: Avatar Grove Boardwalk Construction Begins
See GREAT PHOTOS of the initial phase of the boardwalk's construction here: http://on.fb.me/15ABDLy
It has begun! Over the May Long Weekend, construction began on the initial phase of the Avatar Grove Boardwalk! As thousands of visitors continue to flock to see the Avatar Grove, the boardwalk is needed to protect its ecological integrity, ensure visitor safety, and help promote eco-tourism for the Pacheedaht First Nations and the town of Port Renfrew to see the economic benefits of keeping one of the last old-growth forests in their region standing.
- The rock star of botanists
ANDY MACKINNON'S flair for blending scientific detail with humour has helped his six co-written books collectively sell more than 500,000 copies. Plants of Coastal British Columbia alone has sold more than 250,000 copies - an astounding number for a book about green shoots in a country where selling 5,000 copies qualifies a book as a bestseller...Ken Wu, executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance, calls MacKinnon the rock star of B.C. botanists and the most knowledgeable person in the province on old-growth forest ecology.
- Avatar Grove now more accessible
Five volunteers with the Ancient Forest Alliance at the first viewing platform they built by Canada’s Gnarliest Tree in the Upper Grove of Avatar Grover in Port Renfrew. There is still more work to be done there but they’re off to a good start.
- Comment: A new path for B.C.’s last great ancient stands
New maps of the remaining old-growth forests on Vancouver Island and the southwest mainland highlight the large-scale ecological crisis underway in B.C.’s woods.
The ecological footprint from logging millions of hectares of B.C.’s grandest ancient forests — an area bigger than many European nations — is at least on par with any pipeline or fossil-fuel megaproject.
- Maps show impact of overcutting old-growth forests, conservation groups say
New maps of B.C.’s forests put together by conservation groups using provincial government data show 74 per cent of productive old-growth forests has been logged and much of the remaining old growth is made up of small, stunted trees. On the valley bottoms, where the largest old-growth trees grow, 91 per cent has been logged, leaving only nine per cent of the classic old forest with iconic trees, the maps show.
- Whoever wins election needs to take early action on environment
No. 4: Bring in legislation to make it illegal to cut any more giant, old-growth trees. The Ancient Forest Alliance alerted the public to plans to log the Avatar Grove, near Port Renfrew, saving it just in time. But the group is now warning the last of B.C.’s ancient trees will soon be lost unless something is done.
- "The Good, the Bad, and the Wobbly"
With a provincial election tomorrow, the Ancient Forest Alliance is summarizing the position of BC’s main political parties for its supporters.
- Your election, your choice
“In many ecosystems of B.C., old-growth forest is incredibly scarce — 91 per cent of valley bottom ancient forest growth on the southern coast has been logged of the classic monumental trees. Are you willing to commit to fully ending old-growth logging in any regions or ecosystems of B.C.?”
- New Maps Highlight BC's “Crisis in the Woods” due to Old-Growth Logging
New maps of BC’s southern coast highlight the ecological crisis in BC’s forests due to old-growth logging. The most conservative figures from the preliminary analysis of Vancouver Island and the southwest mainland reveal that at least 74% of the original, productive old-growth forests have been logged, including at least 91% of the biggest, best old-growth stands.
- Union joins environmentalists in call for stricter controls on raw log exports
The volume of raw logs exported from B.C. more than tripled between 2002 and 2012, prompting forestry workers to join with the Ancient Forest Alliance to push for more stringent log-export restrictions. During the last decade, 30,000 forest workers lost their jobs and more than 70 mills shut down, said Arnold Bercov, Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada forestry officer.
- Thank you to LUSH Handmade Cosmetics for their Charity Pot support!
The Ancient Forest Alliance would like to thank LUSH Handmade Cosmetics for the contribution made through their "Charity Pot" grant program. This great support helps us push forward our major provincial campaign to protect endangered old-growth forests and ensure sustainable second-growth forestry in BC. The Charity Pot program works to fund a diversity of grassroots organizations including ones such as Sea Shepherd.
- Drop in Employment in BC's Forestry Sector
The following is a graph from Statistics Canada showing the steep decline in forestry employment levels in British Columbia that took place most dramatically during the reign of the BC Liberal Party from 2001 until 2013 (2011 is the last year shown in this graph).
- BC Liberal Government More Than Tripled Raw Log Exports to Foreign Mills
“The BC Liberals have decimated the province’s forestry workforce through massive raw log exports, industry deregulation, and unsustainable practices. 30,000 BC forest workers lost their jobs and over 70 mills were shut down under the BC Liberals, yet they've allowed companies to cut at near record levels,” stated Arnold Bercov, national forestry officer of the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada. “Under the BC Liberals, we lost both our forests and our jobs, it’s nuts.”
- Lawsuit aims to save endangered Douglas fir ecosystems on Vancouver Island
Environmental groups are suing the provincial government in hopes of saving the last remaining pockets of coastal Douglas fir forests on Vancouver Island. The groups are claiming that the province is violating its own laws, which are supposed to protect ecosystems from destruction.
- Free presentation on old-growth forests
Hosted by the Comox Valley Land Trust, Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections and the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy, The Ancient Forest Alliance will present a slideshow about the ecology, policies and status of BC's old-growth forests as part of the their upcoming tour of key BC communities to promote old-growth protection and sustainable second-growth forestry.
- Slideshow in COURTENAY: "BC's Old-Growth Forests: The Ecology, Status, Policies, and the Campaign for Sustainable Forestry"
When: Wednesday May 8, 2013
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm,
Where: COURTENAY BC, Drama Room, Lake Trail School, 805 Willemar Ave
A joint presentation of the Ancient Forest Alliance with the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy and the Comox Valley Land Trust
- Save BC's Endangered Old-Growth Forests & Forestry Jobs!
BC's old-growth forests are world renowned for their beauty and grandeur, where moss-draped trees can grow as wide as living rooms and as tall as downtown skyscrapers. However, a century of unsustainable overcutting has largely eliminated the biggest and best trees in the biologically-diverse valley bottoms and lower elevations that historically built BC's forest industry.
- Slideshow Presentation in VICTORIA: "BC’s Inland Temperate Rainforest: Upper Fraser Ancient Cedar Stands – A proposed new World Heritage site in B.C."
When: Thursday May 2, 2013
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: VICTORIA, Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard St
Join us to hear about emerging research from the University of Northern BC has highlighted the global rarity of ancient redcedar stands of the upper Fraser River watershed east of Prince George, presented by Dr. Darwyn Coxson, Ecosystem Science and Management Program, UNBC.
- URGENT- Strong Old-Growth Commitment Needed from BC's NDP - Speak Up Now!
Last week the BC NDP mentioned in their Main Election Platform that they will "protect valuable old-growth forests", though they have not yet specified key details like "how much", "where", or "when". Previously, the NDP's Forestry Platform and their initial Environment Platform made no mention of old-growth forests or sustainable forestry, so this is a step forward for the party. What is needed now is a stronger commitment for a comprehensive, science-based old-growth protection plan that will fully end old-growth logging in endangered ecosystems and regions of BC.
- Editorial: NDP unclear on environment
When provincial NDP leader Adrian Dix announced his party’s green policy last Monday, Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance was less than impressed: “The NDP’s environment platform is like a blurry moving sasquatch video in regards to potential old-growth forest protections and park creations. You can’t discern if it’s real and significant, or if it’s just Dix in a fake gorilla costume.”
- Proposal for UN World Heritage Site for the Giant Cedars in BC’s Inland Rainforest Gains Momentum
Proposal for UN World Heritage Site for the Giant Cedars in BC’s Inland Rainforest Gains Momentum Cooperation between conservationists across BC is ramping up a public awareness campaign to protect BC’s globally rare Inland Temperate Rainforest and to have one of its finest natural areas, highlighted by giant redcedars, designated as a UN World Heritage Site east of Prince George.
- West Jet's Going Coastal in Avatar Grove
With a name inspired by James Cameron's blockbuster film, Avatar Grove is home to a remarkable stand of photogenic old-growth trees, including "Canada's gnarliest". Download a map at http://ancientforestalliance.org
- Slideshow Presentation in NANAIMO: "Conversations about a 21st Century Vision for BC’s Forests"
When: Thursday April 25, 2013
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: NANAIMO, Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Rd., Meeting Room 3
A Joint Presentation by the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust, Ancient Forest Alliance, and VIU Ecology Students
- Thank you to Francis Litman and Creatively United for the Planet!
The Ancient Forest Alliance would like to extend a great thank you and congratulations to Francis Litman and all the organizers and volunteers that made Creatively United for the Planet such a success this past Earth Day weekend. The family-friendly event drew out thousands of folks who were able to visit the more than 70 vendor booths and learn more about sustainability and creative ways to help the planet. It's through building a broad-based, large-scale movement that we will bring about real powerful social and environmental change. Creatively United was a great example of this! Here's to 2014!
- Ancient Forest Alliance pushes parties to protect old growth
The Ancient Forest Alliance is taking provincial political parties to task this election in terms of committing to preserve B.C.’s remaining old growth forests.
- NDP Full Platform Released Today - Old-Growth Protection Mentioned and $1 million/year Allocated to Protect Endangered Species and Habitat
The Environment Platform states the party will “Protect significant ecological areas like wetlands, estuaries and valuable old-growth forests.” The recognition of the importance of protecting old-growth forests is a step forward for the party, which made no mention of old-growth or the environment in their previously released Forestry Platform, to the chagrin of conservationists. However, the critical details of “how much”, “where”, and “when” are not mentioned in today's platform.
- NDP Environmental Platform is like a "Blurry Sasquatch Video” on Old-Growth Forest Protection and Park Creation – Details Needed
Today on Earth Day BC NDP leader Adrian Dix announced the party’s environment platform, stating that an NDP government would “reinvest in BC’s parks” and “protect endangered species and habitats”. A version of the media release (not posted online) also stated the party would work to “acquire” “wetlands” and “old-growth forests”.
- Earth Day forms backdrop to B.C. election campaign
“We need the NDP to commit to a science-based plan to fully protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests on Crown lands, to ensure sustainable second-growth forestry, and to commit to a B.C. park acquisition fund to purchase and protect endangered ecosystems on private lands.”
- A provincial NDP government would kill Pacific Carbon Trust
The Climate Action Secretariat would take over from the trust, with carbon-tax revenues used to fund transit and other green projects, he said. Levies paid by hospitals, Crown corporations and post-secondary schools would fund energy-efficiency upgrades for those institutions.
- 5 Canadians to salute on Earth Day
Avatar Grove on Vancouver Island is a protected forest of towering trees that have survived on the planet for centuries, and in some cases millennia. TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance has been integral in promoting sustainable practices that will ensure Avatar Grove’s existence. An activist and photographer, Watt has so far managed to help preserve 59 hectares of forest near Port Renfrew from logging.
- EARTH DAY events in VICTORIA and VANCOUVER with the AFA THIS WEEKEND
Creatively United for the Planet
FRI-SUN APRIL 19-21, 2013
St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt St., Victoria
Earth Day Parade & Celebration
SAT APRIL 20, 2013
11:00am: Parade starting at Commercial and 8th Ave, Vancouver
12:00-3:00pm: Celebration at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive and Charles St., Vancouver)
- Caribou count may be lowest ever
“We’re watching the demise of something comparable to the decline of the buffalo on the prairies.”
- Conservationists Launch Petition for BC's Endangered Mountain Caribou, Call on BC's Politicians to Protect Ecologically Vital Forests
Clearcuts adjacent to Mountain Caribou habitat support increased moose and deer, and so bolster predator populations that also prey on caribou. Mountain Caribou are the world’s most southerly reindeer and Canada’s largest old-growth dependent animal. Resident almost exclusively in British Columbia, their population has declined precipitously in recent decades.
- NDP Forestry Platform Fails Ecologically and Continues the Unsustainable Status Quo of Old-Growth Depletion and Overcutting
“This is a disappointing flop of a forestry platform, ecologically-speaking. It continues the unsustainable status quo of resource depletion in this province that is causing the collapse of species, ecosystems, and human communities. Nowhere does it mention the need to protect endangered old-growth forests and to ensure sustainable second-growth forestry, the central forestry land-use conflicts. All it says is to plant more trees. Tree farms do not replicate ancient forests for supporting endangered species, tourism, the climate, clean water, or wild salmon,” stated Ken Wu, Ancient Forest Alliance executive director.
- NDP forest plan 'minor deviation from unsustainable status quo': critic
The New Democratic Party's forestry platform released this morning is a major disappointment, said Ken Wu, the executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance environmental group. "I'm just looking at this with rage here," he said in an interview. "This is a minor deviation from the unsustainable status quo."
- NDP’s forestry-policy plank sparks partisan ire, disappoints ecologists
New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix has released a multimillion dollar election plan that he believes will help grow and improve B.C.'s forest industry, but critics say the proposal makes promises that will be hard to keep.
- Old-Growth Forestry “Report Card” for the BC Liberals, NDP, Greens, and Conservatives
The following is a summary on the positions of BC’s main political parties on old-growth related forest policies and some additional forest policies. The Ancient Forest Alliance is calling on BC’s political parties to commit to a science-based “Old-Growth Protection Act” with targets and timelines to end old-growth logging in endangered regions and to ensure a sustainable, value-added second-growth forest industry instead.
- NEW Old-Growth Protection Act! SEND a MESSAGE to the NDP-Government-in-Waiting
A proposed BC “Old-Growth Protection Act” has just been released by the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria. The science-based plan would incorporate timelines to immediately end or quickly phase-out old-growth logging in endangered regions of BC.
- Ancient Forest Alliance calls for science-based forest plan
The proposed Old-Growth Protection Act was produced by the clinic at the request of the Ancient Forest Alliance. The group’s executive director, Ken Wu, hopes it will spur the government to action.
- Comment: 1993’s Clayoquot Summer was a game-changer
The Clayoquot land-use decision of April 13, 1993, sparked a mass protest that put Clayoquot Sound’s ancient temperate rainforests on the international map. Over a period of six months, the region became an icon for an environmental awakening.
- CTV - Environmental Law Centre Proposes BC Old-Growth Act
The Environmental Law Centre of the University of Victoria is proposing a science-based Old Growth Protection Act for British Columbia with timelines to immediately protect critically endangered old-growth forests and to quickly phase out old growth logging in highly endangered forests.
- “Old Growth Protection Act” needed to preserve BC’s Natural Heritage
A legislative proposal for an “Old Growth Protection Act” by the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre (ELC) would ensure better protection for BC’s ancient forest heritage if adopted by the provincial government. The science-based plan would incorporate timelines to immediately end old-growth logging in “critically endangered” forests, and quickly phase out old-growth logging where there is a “high risk” to biological diversity and ecosystem integrity.
- Old Growth Protection Proposal by the Environmental Law Centre of the University of Victoria
- Pre-Election Info Night and Rally for Ancient Forests this Wednesday April 10th
Pre-Election Info Night and Rally for Ancient Forests this Wednesday April 10th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Alix Goolden Hall, located 907 Pandora Ave (corner of Quadra and Pandora).
Join us for NEW MAPS on the status of BC's endangered old-growth forests, DRAFT LEGISLATION on how to protect them, and a variety of GREAT SPEAKERS!
- The naked tree-hugger makes her way to Port Renfrew
Arbor, a 43-year-old California college professor who teaches environmental conservation, travels around the world photographing herself naked with old or endangered trees. She is lending her support to the Ancient Forest Alliance’s efforts to push the B.C. government into coming up with a strategy to protect big trees and remaining patches of old-growth forest.
- THANK YOU's! Tree Huggers Ball Success, Amanda's T-Shirt Sales, PosterLoop, and Metropol
A huge THANK YOU to Nathaniel Glickman and members of the UVic Ancient Forest Committee for organizing a fun and successful fundraising night with a first rate line-up of local musicians (Moonshine Gang Victoria Chapter, (as the) Crow Flies, Redwood Green, Co-Captain, and DJ Rough Child) on Saturday’s 3rd Annual “Tree Huggers Ball”! The event raised a total of $4800 for our young organization that depends on grassroots support to stay afloat! Big thanks as well to Amanda Cook for donating nearly $400 in proceeds from sales of her “Stand up for the Coast” t-shirts!
- Tourism businesses slam forest policies
The latest battle to protect Vancouver Island’s forests isn’t being waged by an environmental organization—it’s being waged by business, in particular, the tourism industry. A group of tourism businesses in the Discovery Islands, near Campbell River, are charging the government with indifference to the needs of a major economic player in the region.
- Comment: Caribou plan little help to endangered herds
It’s time the B.C. government faced the fact that its Mountain Caribou Recovery Implementation Plan, announced in 2007, is doing little to improve the situation for these animals and in some areas has made matters worse.
- UNBC Study Recommends Northern BC’s “Ancient Forest” be named a World Heritage Site
New research led by the University of Northern British Columbia is recommending that the area surrounding the “Ancient Forest Trail,” about 130 kilometers east of Prince George, be named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Citing the fact that these cedars have been reduced to less than four percent of the more than 130 thousand square hectare bioclimatic zone east of Prince George, the research indicates that these stands of ancient red cedars and surrounding biodiversity are “globally significant” and require the protection and status afforded other rich areas of scientific and cultural value deemed World Heritage Sites
- Fraser receives forest award
The ceremony took place in Cathedral Grove, Canada's most famous old-growth forest that is currently under threat with a planned cutblock by Island Timberlands on the above mountainside on Mount Horne.
- MLA recognized for work to protect forests
Conservation groups honour Scott Fraser for his efforts in saving endangered old-growth forests and related jobs. The award was presented by Ken Wu and TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance, a non-profit environmental group working to protect old-growth forests and ensure sustainable second-growth forestry. The award is jointly sponsored by the Youbou TimberLess Society, former employees of the now-defunct Youbou sawmill who continue to advocate sustainable forest policies.
- Group angry over old-growth clearcut in Walbran Valley
“I just stopped dead in my tracks. The forest was now a field of stumps. It was the worst sort of clearcut you will see anywhere.”
- MLA Awarded for Tree Saving Efforts
CTV news clip on Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser receiving a Forest Sustainability Award from the Ancient Forest Alliance and Youbou TimberLess Society.
- Groups wary of logging near park
Tanner and other conservationists said they are concerned that logging the area would further fragment the forest that is contiguous with the small park, and destroy an important wildlife corridor. They said they believe logging would also threaten eco-tourism in the area by destroying a major section of the popular hiking trail, the Mt. Horne Loop Trail, which the cutblock overlaps.
- Wiggle your trunk at the Tree Huggers Ball
A huge THANK YOU to Nathaniel Glickman and members of the UVic AncientForest Committee for organizing a totally fun and successful fundraising night with a first rate line-up of local musicians (Moonshine Gang Victoria Chapter, (as the) Crow Flies, Redwood Green, Co-Captain, and DJ Rough Child) on Saturday's 3rd Annual "Tree Huggers Ball"! The event raised a total of $4800 for our young organization that depends on grassroots support to stay afloat! Big thanks as well to Amanda Cook for donating nearly $400 in proceeds from sales of her "Stand up for the Coast" t-shirts! See you again next FALL!!
- MLA Scott Fraser Receives “Forest Sustainability Award” For Years of Outspoken Public Service to Protect Endangered Old-Growth Forests, Halt Forestry Deregulation, and Support BC Forestry Jobs
Today NDP MLA Scott Fraser (riding of Alberni-Pacific Rim) received a “Forest Sustainability Award” from conservationists and forestry workers for his years of exceptional public service as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in British Columbia to protect endangered old-growth forests, to counter the deregulation of forest lands on Vancouver Island, and to restrict the export of BC raw logs to foreign mills.
- Ancient Forest Awareness Blitz: This Saturday in Vancouver-Point-Grey (Premier Christy Clark's Riding)
Join a team of environmentally-minded volunteers organized by the Ancient Forest Alliance and the UBC Ancient Forest Committee for a massive “info blitz” in Premier Christy Clark’s riding of Vancouver–Point Grey to help save ancient forests and ensure sustainable forestry jobs.
- Global TV News - Cathedral Grove & the NDP on Forestry
Conservationists are calling for much stronger, comprehensive old-growth protection policies in BC after having discovered a major logging threat to Canada's most famous old-growth forest, Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. Conservationists came across survey tape marked "Falling Boundary" and "Road Location" in an old-growth Douglas fir and hemlock forest only 300 meters from the park boundary
- CHEK TV - Rally for Ancient Forests and BC Jobs
About 500 people in a diverse crowd of conservationists, forestry workers, First Nations, business owners, and union members showed up today in the heavy rain in Victoria for a rally organized by the Ancient Forest Alliance. Despite the morning downpour, spirits were high, and the clouds parted as the protesters marched their way towards the BC Legislative buildings from Centennial Square.
- The fight to protect what’s left of old-growth forests
British Columbia is the last place in Canada where you can still find ancient, monumental trees standing outside parks. We are not talking here just about big, old trees, but about trees 250 to 1,000 years old, that tower 70 metres in height. If one grew on the steps of Parliament, its tip would block out the clock face on the Peace Tower. And set down in Vancouver, they would be as tall as many office towers.
- Global TV News - Protesters Want Government to Protect Old-Growth Forests
About 500 people protested in front of the BC Legislature on Saturday afternoon to bring awareness to the loss of B.C. endangered old-growth forests. Organized by the Ancient Forest Alliance, the group wants the BC Liberal government and the NDP to commit to an plan that will protect B.C.'s old-growth forests, and ensure sustainable, second-growth forestry jobs.
- The UVic AFA's 3rd Annual Tree Huggers Ball Dance Party Extravaganza Fundraiser this SATURDAY March 23rd!
The UVic Ancient Forest Committee will be hosting their 3rd Annual Tree Huggers Ball this coming Saturday March 23rd from 7:30 pm to 1:00 am at Felicita's Pub, 3800 Finnerty Rd., Victoria, BC.
- Diverse Crowd of 500 Environmentalists, First Nations, Forestry Workers and Business Owners call for Political Leadership to Protect Old-Growth Forests and Ensure Sustainable Forestry Jobs
About 500 people in a diverse crowd of conservationists, forestry workers, First Nations, business owners, and union members showed up today in the heavy rain in Victoria for a rally organized by the Ancient Forest Alliance. Despite the morning downpour, spirits were high, and the clouds parted as the protesters marched their way towards the BC Legislative buildings from Centennial Square.
- 22,000-Strong Petition Calls on BC Government to Protect BC’s Old-Growth Forests, Ensure Sustainable Second-Growth Logging, and to End Raw Log Exports
The groundswell of citizens’ support for new, sustainable forest policies in BC, only 2 months before a BC election, will be evident today with the introduction of the “Petition to Protect British Columbia’s Endangered Old-Growth Forests and Forestry Jobs” into the Legislative Assembly on its last day this session by NDP MLA Scott Fraser (Alberni – Pacific Rim) this afternoon.
- B.C. backs off on changes to licensing forest lands
The provincial government has backed away from a plan that critics claim would have radically reduced public control of forest land. Conservationists, who were girding for a full-fledged fight over proposed changes to the Forest Act, reacted with delight Tuesday after Forests Minister Steve Thomson said he was withdrawing plans to allow a rollover of volume-based forest licences to area-based tree farm licences.The backdown appears to be sparked by a massive public uproar
- B.C. backs off plan that would give private companies more power over Crown forests
The BC Liberals wanted to give a ‘parting gift’ to the major logging companies before they leave office, but in this politically sensitive pre-election period that’s not going to happen now — thanks to thousands of people who spoke up and the great work of Bob Simpson.
- Old growth near Cathedral Grove set for imminent logging: activists
"They are totally wrong to do this,' he said. 'Habitat means it is the animals’ home. If someone takes your house away and you have to live on the streets, you won’t die right away, but your life will be short and your reproductive chances are going to be slim."
- Tourism in the Discovery Islands feels the force of logging
"It’s heart-wrenching,' Ralph Keller, a spokesman for the Discovery Islands Marine Tourism Group, said Tuesday. 'The Discovery Islands are probably the most geographically spectacular islands in the world … [but] in some places we have gone from beautifully forested shorelines to industrial logging … these channels have just been nuked."
- Environmentalists approve Liberal move on forest tenure
"It would have made it harder to establish new protected areas, to protect scenery, and tourism opportunities. It would have made it more lengthy and difficult and complex to settle First Nations treaties, and it would have also taken away a lot of lands that communities would have wanted for community forestry."
- CHEK News - Cathedral Grove Threatened by Logging
CHEK News coverage of proposed logging by Island Timberlands in old-growth forest only a few hundred metres from the world famous Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park on Vancouver Island.
- Environmentalists Sigh with Relief as BC Liberals Back Down from “Forest Giveaway Bill” to expand Tree Farm Licences (TFL’s) on Public Lands
Massive public uproar spearheaded by Independent MLA Bob Simpson and environmental groups causes BC Liberals to delete Section 24 (aka. “The Forest Giveaway Bill”) in omnibus Bill 8 that would have empowered BC’s Minister of Forests to grant exclusive logging rights over vast areas of public lands for major forest companies. Conservationists continue to push for old-growth protection legislation, sustainable second-growth forestry, and an end to raw log exports. Thousands of emails sent to BC government through http://www.BCForestMovement.com
- Planned Old-Growth Logging by World Famous Cathedral Grove Highlights Need for New Provincial Forest Policies
Port Alberni - Conservationists are calling for much stronger, comprehensive old-growth protection policies in BC after having discovered a major logging threat to Canada’s most famous old-growth forest, Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park on Vancouver Island.
- URGENT: STOP the BC Liberal Government's Proposed Forest Giveaway THIS WEEK!
The BC Liberal government proposes new law to expand Tree Farm Licences (TFL's) to give major companies exclusive logging rights over vast areas of public forest lands - to the detriment of conservation, communities, and First Nations.
- Activist Tackles Raw Log Exports
Thanks to the Powell River Voices, Sierra Club, and Communication, Energy, and Paperworkers (CEP) for hosting a great evening with a full house last night, with a presentation and discussion on raw log exports, TFL expansion/forest privatization, and ancient forest protection.
- Tree licence rollover has no public benefit
"At first glance Bill 8 — the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act — looks like housekeeping legislation. Read a little closer and one discovers one of the most pernicious pieces of forest legislation to be tabled in the legislature since a forests minister lost his job over the same issue in 1989. Bill 8 includes an addition to the Forest Act that would allow the forests minister to invite corporations to roll over their forest licences into Tree Farm Licences (TFL), effectively transferring private ownership rights to the corporation without any reciprocal benefit in the public interest..."
- AFA Plans “Communities for Sustainable Forestry” Tour in Key BC Ridings in Bid to Stop Proposed Forest Privatization Plan and to Promote Old-Growth Protection, Sustainable Second-Growth Forestry, more
The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is planning a provincial tour to mobilize communities in key swing ridings in a bid to stop the BC government's anti-environmental forest policies, including old-growth logging, raw log exports, and the recent proposal to increase the privatization of public forest lands by expanding Tree Farm Licences for major companies, and to ensure that the incoming government adopts new, sustainable policies. The tour will begin immediately after the organization’s March 16 “Pre-Election Rally for Ancient Forests and BC Forestry Jobs”
- Oceans and Forests on Naturalists' Agenda
The Cowichan Valley Naturalists have a busy schedule of free public events coming up in the next few weeks.
- TONIGHT! Wed. March 6th, Ken Wu of the AFA will be speaking at a forum on raw log exports and sustainable forestry in Powell River
If any of you are in Powell River, this Wednesday March 6th Ken Wu of the AFA will be speaking there at a forum on raw log exports and sustainable forestry from 7-9pm, at the United Church, 6932 Crofton St. Organized by Powell River Voices, Sierra Club and CEP union.
- Unique Prince George area-forest should be World Heritage Site, says study
An area of rainforest near Prince George is so unique that it should be designated as a provincial park and protected as a United Nations World Heritage Site, says a new study by the University of Northern B.C. The area, called the Ancient Forest, contains massive stands of giant red cedars usually associated with wet coastal forests, as well as rare plants and lichens.
- Rollover Legislation: Claims and Facts
Myths and Facts about the Proposed TFL Expansion Bill, by Independent MLA Bob Simpson
- Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) Celebrates its Three Year Anniversary
To celebrate, this coming Sunday, March 3, the organization will hold an “Ancient Forest Biodiversity Hike” for the public to see a magnificent old-growth Douglas fir grove in Goldstream Provincial Park, on the campground side of the park (Meet at 1:00 pm at the top parking lot by Sooke Lake Rd. and Humpback Rd. near the pub, hike finishes by 3:00 pm – easy to moderate difficulty) with Ken Wu ,TJ Watt, and Joan Varley from the AFA and naturalists Darren and Claudia Copley of the Victoria Natural History Society. The organization will also have a “Meet and Greet” afterwards with snacks, drinks, and a fun slideshow with staff from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on Sunday at its office at 827 Broughton St. in Victoria.
- Documents show government is already breaking proposed forestry law
Independent MLA Bob Simpson says documents show that the BC Liberals have no intention of following their proposed law to enable the conversion of volume-based forest ...licenses to area-based tenures.'It’s clear from the leaked cabinet document and Minister Thomson’s letter that Hampton Affiliates has already been promised the first Tree Farm License under the Liberals’ proposed legislation,' said the MLA for Cariboo North. 'The government doesn’t have the right to make this offer because there is no legal way they can fulfill it unless Bill 8 passes.
- Eco-groups regard new forest tenure legislation as ‘land grab’
This appears to be essentially a giveaway to big companies,” said Jessica Clogg, a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law who specializes in forestry issues. She was referring to a tenure rollover plan given first reading last week that ...would give forest companies the ability to convert their volume-based forest tenures to area-based tenures called tree farm licences.“We have seen a lot of consolidation in the industry and this is setting us up for that last grab by those that are left standing to lock down their rights,” she said Thursday. “I see a clash of the titans over the B.C. land base.
- 'This Is Huge': Sweeping Forest Bill Gathers Foes
A British Columbia government bill that would radically shift the management of public forests is drawing criticism from environmental groups, the head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and opposition politicians.
- B.C's Remaining Old-Growth Forests Non-Renewable: Sierra Club Report
The B.C. government continues to look for ways to feed more timber to struggling sawmills through proposed Forest Act changes, but the government is failing to consider the massive role intact old-growth forests play in fighting climate change, says the report, Carbon at Risk: B.C.’s Unprotected Old-growth Rainforest.
- Logging B.C. old-growth forests accelerates climate change: Sierra Club report
One year of logging old-growth forests in southwestern B.C. blows away a year of carbon-emissions reductions made through climate-change fighting initiatives such as the carbon tax, says a Sierra Club report released Wednesday.
- Feb. 28th Presentation at SFU: The Ancient Forest Alliance's Pre-Election Campaign with Ken Wu
Hear about the Ancient Forest Alliance's campaign to ensure that the fate of BC's ancient forests and forestry jobs are central election issues in the next several months leading up to the May 14, 2013 provincial election. Learn about the ecology and politics of BC's old-growth forests, see TJ Watt's spectacular photos of the Upper Walbran Valley, Fangorn Forest, Echo Lake Ancient Forest, Christy Clark Grove, Cortes Island, Stillwater Bluffs, Day Road Forest, McLaughlin Ridge, and other endangered ancient forests.
- BC Government Protects about half of Echo Lake’s Old-Growth Forests
The BC government has protected about half or more of old-growth forests around Echo Lake, an extremely rare, lowland old-growth forest between Mission and Agassiz in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver. The Ministry of Forests made the announcement last week, where about 55 hectares of old-growth forests have been included in an Old-Growth Management Area (OGMA) on Crown lands primarily on the south side of Echo Lake.
- Pine Beetle used as Trojan Horse to Increase Privatization of BC’s Public Forest Lands through Ministerial Fiat instead of Democratic Legislative Vote
On Wednesday, the BC Liberal government introduced a proposed bill that would enable the massive increase of private property rights for major logging companies on BC’s public forest lands by empowering the Forest Minister to quickly create new Tree Farm Licences (TFL’s) in BC through fiat – that is, through policy decree rather than through a vote in the Legislative Assembly of elected politicians (Members of the Legislative Assembly - MLA’s).
- B.C. land protection insufficient to conserve species biodiversity: report
Environmental protection of B.C.’s landscapes is fragmented, inconsistent and falls woefully short of what scientists say is needed to conserve species biodiversity, according to a comprehensive land-use review released Thursday by environmentalists.
- Tourism group set to battle Okisollo loggers and the provincial Liberals
Members of the Discovery Island Marine Tourism Group say their concerns have fallen on the deaf ears of the B.C. Liberal Government and the current logging operations will harm their industry for years.
- The Ancient Forests of Cortes Island #2: The Carrington Bay Children's Forest
There is very little common ground between Island Timberlands’ logging methods and how the community would like forestry to be done on Cortes—but as this is private managed forestland, there’s not a whole lot they can legally do about it.
- Protecting the Clearwater Valley would help mountain caribou recovery
Georgia Straight: Proposed logging around the Clearwater Valley near the spectacular Wells Gray Provincial Park threatens the second largest herd of mountain caribou in BC.
- Forest policy must change, forum hears
Policy analyst Eric Hamilton-Smith said there is growing pressure to log marginal forest — including old growth — to compensate for the shortfall due to mountain pine beetle. He also pointed to increased volumes of waste wood, policies absolving companies from having to build mills in communities and a draft policy to convert forest licences into tree farm licences. If government were serious about developing secondary manufacturing in the sector, it could create tens of thousands of jobs, he said.
- AFA Slideshow Presentation this Friday at UVic! FREE PIZZA!
Join the UVic Ancient Forest Committee and Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance for a spectacular slideshow on the ecology, wildlife, biggest trees, and politics surrounding BC's old-growth forests including at Echo Lake east of Vancouver, and the Upper Walbran Valley, Avatar Grove, Mossy Maple Grove (Fangorn Forest), and Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island.
- Media Release: Today Conservationists call for Action on BC Forests at Legislature Opening
Today from 12:45 to 1:30 pm at the BC Legislative Buildings, a group of Ancient Forest Alliance supporters will unfurl a giant 10 meter long banner that reads “Hands Off the Old-Growth” during the opening ceremonies. The BC Legislative Assembly will sit for its last session before a provincial election is held just over three months from now, on May 14, 2013.
- Environmentalists look to insert Great Bear Rainforest into B.C. election agenda
An environmental coalition will Thursday attempt to push protection of the Great Bear Rainforest onto the already crowded election agenda, issuing open letters to B.C.’s main political leaders, calling for more immediate action.
- Letters: B.C. forests, Steve Thomson, Ben Parfitt, Bob Simpson...
Forests Minister Steve Thomson's account of proposed changes to forest licences in B.C. is being questioned by independent MLA Bob Simpson and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives researcher Ben Parfitt.
- Mountain Caribou Alert: Call to Action!
The Mountain Caribou is heading to the brink. Before we log the Clearwater Valley, let's consider the consequences. Please join the call for a moratorium.
- Response to Minister Thomson - The Real Facts about the Proposed Tenure Legislation
According to a leaked cabinet document, the “rollover” of volume-based licenses to area-based tenures was recommended to cabinet in April as an option to enable the rebuilding of the Burns Lake sawmill — a month before the committee was formed and five months before it made its recommendations public.
- Privatizing Our Public Forests
In their dying days, the BC Liberals will introduce enabling legislation that will allow politicians to give forest companies exclusive rights over our public forests without the checks and balances of governing laws or regulations, or the guaranteed scrutiny of a transparent public process.
- Ben Parfitt: Sneaky Liberals are planning a B.C. forest giveaway
Given the short duration of the upcoming legislative session and the provincial election to follow, a government plan to introduce a scant two-paragraph bill granting it powers to fundamentally alter the course of forestry in B.C. is disturbing, to say the least.
- Roadside logging project put on hold
Logging company Island Timberlands is putting its plans to harvest a roadside section of forest near the Alberni Highway summit on hold. They are pressing the pause button on the logging project after being hit with a wave of outrage from citizens in the Valley. Many say a roadside cut will destroy the beauty of the region and could affect tourism.
- Vancouver photographer Karen Cooper supporting the AFA through the sale of her plaque-mounted photographs of Echo Lake
15% of the proceeds from each Echo Lake plaque goes to support the AFA's work! Plaques of Echo Lake are available in 5x7", 8x12", and 12x18" sizes.
- Alberni's "Hump" gets reprieve as Island Timberlands delays logging plans
“We considered our plans over the weekend and now we are putting a temporary suspension on the harvest of the buffer along the highway,” Island Timberlands spokeswoman Morgan Kennah said in an interview Monday.
- Island Timberlands' logging of Alberni summit could denude the Hump
On Monday, Island Timberlands starts logging about 40 hectares of privately managed forest land beside a hilly section of Highway 4 known as the Hump. It tops out at the 400-metre-high Alberni summit, about nine kilometres east of Port Alberni.
- Cortes Island logging dispute moves to the market
As the dispute between Cortes Island residents and Island Timberlands escalates, activists are moving the debate to where it will hurt: the market.
- Adrian Dix's Not-So-Secret Agenda
A New Democratic Party government led by Adrian Dix would expand child care, reduce fees for seniors' long-term care, ban the cosmetic use of pesticides, put a moratorium on independent power projects, stop renovictions and create disincentives for exporting raw logs.
- Give trees (and frogs) a break
Cortes is very lucky to have forests like this because they are rare and quickly disappearing. Red legged frogs are rare too. They are provincially listed and declining in numbers. On Cortes Island, those rare forests are about to be logged, and the little frogs may be facing their last winter.
- The Walbran Valley's "Castle Grove" - Canada's Finest Old-Growth Cedar Forest
In the summer of 2012 survey tape for logging was discovered in the Upper Castle Grove. However, after a large-scale public awareness and mobilization campaign led by the Ancient Forest Alliance, the BC government announced in November that the company, Teal-Jones, had rescinded its plans to log the grove. Now, follow-up legal protection is needed for this incredible forest.
- DECEMBER 19 & 20, 2012--NEW 2013 AFA Calendars & other Holiday Gifts for Sale IN VANCOUVER!
In VANCOUVER, this WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY (Dec.19 and 20), come buy the AFA's mechandise or make a donation by meeting the AFA's Hannah Carpendale, who will be located at the vegan cafe and organic grocer Eternal Abundance (1025 Commercial Drive, between Napier and Parker) from 12pm-6:30pm for those two days. THANKS to Eternal Abundance for supporting the AFA with their facilities!
- OUR VIEW: Provincial oversight missing in Cortes logging dispute
The current impasse over logging on private land on Cortes Island is unique by B.C. standards. In a province where wars in the woods have often been bitterly waged, the Cortes standoff stands apart.
Cortes environmentalists and Island Timberlands have been debating the company’s logging plans for about four years without coming to serious blows. The islanders are not trying to ban logging altogether, they are asking for Timberlands to adopt an ecosystem-based, selective logging harvesting plan that spares old growth.
- Province forsaken its role on Cortes
A big issue in the Cortes dispute is the extent to which our government regulates activity on private land. The private foresters claim they are governed by more than 30 acts and regulations. However, the environmentalists say companies like Timberlands are allowed to apply a model of “professional reliance” which means that there is little meaningful regulatory oversight.
It’s a pity the current administration has all but forsaken its role as steward and peacekeeper in the woods. A measure of leadership would go a long way right about now.
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- Global TV News - Echo Lake & Bald Eagles
Echo Lake is a spectacular, unprotected, lowland ancient forest near Agassiz, BC on the east side of the Lower Fraser Valley. It is in the unceded territory of the Sts'ailes First Nations band (formerly the Chehalis Indian Band). The area is home to perhaps the largest concentration of bald eagles on Earth, where thousands of eagles come each fall to eat spawning salmon in the Harrison and Chehalis Rivers and hundreds roost in the old-growth trees at night around Echo Lake.
- China Investment Corporation Eyes BC Forests, Spells FIPA Danger
The China Investment Corporation (ICI), one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, is set to become a powerful landowner in British Columbia if a $100 million deal with Island Timberlands, the second-largest owner of private forests in the province, goes through.
- Chinese seek stake in BC forestry company as FIPA decision looms
Potential impacts of a $100 million dollar deal between China Investment Corporation (CIC) and Brookfield Asset Management Inc, the majority shareholder in Island Timberlands (IT), have made headlines internationally and alarmed activists in British Columbia. The story was first reported in early November by the Wall Street Journal.
- Media Release: Chinese Goverment's Ownership of BC's Forests Could Undermine New Environmental Laws, Forestry Jobs, and First Nations
Conservationists with the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) are raising the alarm that the potential ownership of vast tracts of British Columbia’s private forest lands by the Chinese government could negatively impact BC’s environmental laws, forestry jobs, and the rights of First Nations in light of the proposed Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA).
- Big Trees of Vancouver featured in major Chinese-language newspaper.
Here are a series of articles in the Sing Tao Daily News, a major Chinese-language newspaper in Vancouver, about the biggest trees of Vancouver that also features the Ancient Forest Alliance and our campaign to protect them!
- Political leadership needed to resolve Cortes Island’s “War in the Woods”
Conservationists renew call for BC Liberals to commit to restoring and expanding a “BC Park Acquisition Fund” to purchase and protect endangered forests on private lands.
- NOW OPEN! AFA Office Cubicle in Downtown Victoria!
If you’re in Victoria, feel free to come visit the AFA in the Habitat Acquisition Trust / Nature Conservancy building between 12-6 pm, Mon-Sun., until Dec. 23 at 827 Broughton St. (between Blanshard and Quadra). Pick up great holiday gifts such as our new and beautiful 2013 calendars, ancient forest greeting cards, big tree posters, prints, and more!
- Loggers leave Cortes ... but promise to return
Last week, Cortes environmentalists, residents and supporters repeatedly blocked Island Timberlands’ crews from beginning logging operations near Basil Creek. Zoe Miles, a member of Wildstands, says the community has attempted to work with the company for more than four years to develop an ecosystem-based approach to forestry. “The community is now left with no choice but to stand in Timberlands’ path to defend these ecologically significant forests.”
- NEW! Ancient Forests of BC Calendars for Sale!
We’re proud to present the Ancient Forest Alliance’s premier calendar! It highlights some of the special places on British Columbia’s coast that we’ve explored as we work towards securing provincial legislation to save our endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs. Available today for $20!
- Cortes Island residents seek compromise with loggers
Cortes Island residents who blockaded roads for a week in a fight to modify logging plans say they are hopeful talks with Island Timberlands can lead to a compromise.
- Tiny Cortes Island girds for battle with China's huge CIC wealth fund
Residents of an idyllic island off the west coast of Canada are facing off against corporate opponents set to include a Chinese sovereign wealth behemoth, the US$480 billion China Investment Corporation (CIC).
- Media Release: BC's War in Woods on Cortes Island needs Political Leadership
The conflict over the past week between local Cortes Island residents and Island Timberlands over the company’s contentious plans to log endangered forests has conservationists renewing their call for political leadership in BC to resolve the “War in the Woods”. Last week, local residents on Cortes Island repeatedly blocked Island Timberlands’ attempts to begin logging.
- Cortes Island residents rejoice as Island Timberlands temporarily withdraws logging crew
Cortes Island forest activists and residents celebrated today as Island Timberlands (I.T.) withdrew crews and announced that they would not attempt to move forward with operations for at least a week.Tensions on the island had been rising since the residents gathered to stage a logging blockade broke at the end of last week.
- Media Release: Conservationists Relieved as Forest Company Backs Away from Logging Canada’s Finest Old-Growth Cedar Grove, Vancouver Island’s “Castle Grove” in the Upper Walbran Valley
Conservationists are breathing a sigh of relief as Canada’s finest stand of old-growth redcedar trees appears to have been spared the axe – for now. The Castle Grove in the Upper Walbran Valley on southern Vancouver Island (west of Lake Cowichan) had been flagged for logging in August by the Teal-Jones Group and subsequently was the focus of an intense environmental campaign by the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Province has no plans to cut old-growth stand in Walbran, near Port Alberni.
Environmental groups were preparing for another round of the war-in-the-woods after logging tape was found this summer near Castle Grove and the "Castle Giant." The western red cedar has a five-metre diameter and is listed in the B.C. big tree registry as one of the widest in Canada.
- NOW HIRING: Vancouver Door Canvassers
The Ancient Forest Alliance is looking to hire door canvassers for part-time and full-time work in Vancouver. Join a team of environmentally-conscious people to help to raise funds and environmental awareness about BC's endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs. To apply, contact Noah Schillo at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Victoria Outreach Intern Position - Apply Now!
The AFA is looking for a volunteer intern for 2 months to work at least 15-30 hours a week to staff our holiday season booth to assist in the sale of calendars, cards, and posters sales in December, and to assist in outreach to our supporters to help protect BC's old-growth forests. Interns will also gain insights about important forest policies and environmental campaigning skills. This position starts ASAP. To apply, please contact Joan Varley: email@example.com
- Human shield stalls Cortes logging for third day
A Cortes Island blockade of Island Timberlands went into its third day Thursday as swelling ranks of environmentalists, residents and their children maintained a human shield against the logging company’s crews and equipment.
- Global TV video: Logging protests on Cortes Island
Follow to the link to watch the news video coverage.
- Echo Lake Ancient Forest - Follow-Up Letters Needed! Please WRITE!
These unprotected forests are within a Woodlot License, a smaller logging tenure on Crown lands, which the BC government states is not subject to the creation of new Old-Growth Management Areas. However, it is within the government's power to shift the Woodlot License boundaries to another second-growth forest area among the thousands of hectares of Crown lands in the region.
- Elphinstone Logging Focus - Wilson Creek forest under threat
Citizens on the Sunshine Coast in Roberts Creek are fighting against
imminent logging in the Wilson Creek Forest - please visit the website
of Elphinstone Logging Focus for more details at: http://www.loggingfocus.org/
- Cortes Island citizens prepare for logging protests
Lanky, clean cut Cec Robinson is pretty sure the RCMP has been following him on Cortes Island. What danger does this quiet oyster farmer and family man pose? He intends to defend his island from industrial logging by Island Timberlands because he thinks it is the right thing to do for his community and for the planet
- Alberni groups protest McLaughlin logging
More than 80 people gathered at Echo Centre Monday for a meeting hosted by the Watershed-Forest Alliance in its quest to protect an old-growth forest at McLaughlin Ridge and in the China Creek Watershed.
Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser and retired government scientist Doug Janz were guest speakers at the event.
The pair were resolute: that the forest range needs to be protected with enhanced regulations.
- Will logging of ancient forest be halted before it can begin?
Residents of Cortes Island have formed a blockade to stop the BC based timber company, Island Timberlands (I.T.), from beginning logging operations in one of BC’s last stands of old growth coastal Douglas-fir forest. For over four years, community members have attempted to work with the company to develop an ecosystem-based approach to forestry. As road-building equipment moves in, the community is now left with no choice but to stand in it’s path to defend these ecologically significant forests.
- Wildstands - A Cortes Community Alliance
As Island Timberlands' incursions on to Cortes Island heats up the battle to protect its old-growth forests heat up, please follow their campaign by going to their website:
- VICTORIA: Monday, Nov.26th - EAGLES, ANCIENT FORESTS, and ELECTIONS!
Date: Monday, Nov. 26th, 2012
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard St., VICTORIA.
*By donation (suggested $5 to $20)
"The Natural History of BC's Bald Eagles and the World's Largest Eagle Congregating Area: the Harrison-Chehalis Rivers" - with David Hancock
"Echo Lake, BC's Endangered Ancient Forests, and the Pre-Election Campaign to Protect Them! An Ancient Forest Alliance Campaign Overview" - with the AFA
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- TODAY Old-Growth Forest Rally and Riding Outreach Campaign aims to reach thousands of constituents in Premier Christy Clark's Point Grey riding
1:00-1:30pm: Rally, Speeches,and Christmas Stocking “Letter Collection” at Christy Clark’s Point Grey riding office, 3615 W 4th Ave. (by Dunbar St.), Vancouver
1:30-3:30pm: Storm the Riding Outreach Campaign (door canvassing, leaflet drops, and street corner petitioning throughout the riding)
- VANCOUVER: Friday, Nov. 23 - UBC Ancient Forest Slideshow
When: Friday November 23, 3:30pm
Where: UBC Forest Sciences Centre, Room 1221 (at the corner of Main Mall and Agronomy Rd)
Join the UBC Ancient Forest Committee and Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance for a spectacular slideshow on the ecology, wildlife, biggest trees, and politics surrounding BC's old-growth forest.
- VANCOUVER: Sat. Nov.24th - AFA Fundraiser Sale at Ten Thousand Villages Commercial Drive
When: Saturday, November 24, 10:00am-8:00pm
Where: Ten Thousand Villages at 1204 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Come support the AFA through the purchase of fair-trade gift items at our upcoming fundraiser sale! Ten Thousand Villages Commercial Drive is donating 15% of proceeds on Saturday November 24th to the AFA's work to protect BC's endangered old-growth forests.
- VANCOUVER: Sat. Nov. 24th - Storm the Riding for Ancient Forests! Rally and Outreach in Christy Clark’s Riding
1:00-1:30pm: Rally, Speeches and Christmas Stocking “Letter Collection” at Christy Clark’s constituency office, 3615 W 4th Ave. (by Dunbar St.)
1:30-3:30pm: Storm the Riding (optional door-to-door info drop and/or canvassing, street corner petitioning, throughout the riding)
- A UBC student campaign wants to help you kick your paper-towel habit
Sam is giving out free handkerchiefs at UBC, hoping that anyone who takes one will use the hanky, rather than a paper towel, to dry their hands after they use the washroom.
- Protect Echo Lake Ancient Forest
Echo Lake is a spectacular, extremely rare lowland ancient rainforest a hundred kilometres east of Vancouver - in a region where virtually all of the valley bottom old-growth forests are gone. It may be the world’s largest night-roosting site for bald eagles, as thousands come each fall to eat spawning salmon in the Harrison and Chehalis Rivers in the Sts'ailes First Nations’ territory. Echo Lake’s lowland ancient forests – as rare as Sasquatch these days - are lacking legislated protection.
- The Great Turning Variety Show - Fundraiser for AFA! Friday, Nov. 9th.
This Friday night folks in Victoria are generously hosting a fundraiser for the AFA at the Cenote Lounge (768 Yates Street) with awesome live music, DJ's and food! Doors open at 7:30pm & tickets $10 at the door. The show goes until close at 2am. We'd love to see you there!
- Employment Opportunity: Canvass Director for the Ancient Forest Alliance in VANCOUVER
The Ancient Forest Alliance (www.AncientForestAlliance.org) is hiring a full-time canvass director to run a door canvass and potentially a street canvass in VANCOUVER and to assist in additional fundraising initiatives. Application Deadline: November 18, 2012
- VIDEO: The Eagles have landed
Conservationists are pressing government to preserve some old growth forest near Harrison Hot Springs that is habitat to many eagles. View the news clip on Global News: The eagles have landed - News Hour - Videos | Global BC
- Spend your conservation dollars for Echo Lake and eagles in the local communities
Spend your conservation dollars for echo lake and eagles in the local communites.
The Ancient Forest Alliance is currently campaigning to protect the Echo Lake Ancient Forest between Mission and Agassiz in Sts’ailes First Nation territory. When visiting this region, including the Fraser Valley Eagle Festival on Nov. 17-18th, please show your support for the local communities by spending your dollars in those towns. Lets make it clear that conservation is good for business!
- Slideshow Presentation: The Ecology and Politics of BC's Endangered Old-Growth Forests
When: Friday Nov 2
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Where: Forest Sciences Center 1221, University of BC, Vancouver
Join Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance (www.AncientForestAlliance.org) and Cori Creba of the UBC Ancient Forest Committee for a spectacular slideshow on the ecology, wildlife, biggest trees, and politics surrounding BC's old-growth forests including at Echo Lake east of Vancouver, and the Upper Walbran Valley, Avatar Grove, Mossy Maple Grove (Fangorn Forest), and Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island. Find out how YOU can help to ensure the protection of our ancient forests and a sustainable second-growth forest industry.
- VIDEO: Protect Echo Lake Ancient Forest
Echo Lake is a spectacular, unprotected, lowland ancient forest near Agassiz, BC on the east side of the Lower Fraser Valley. It is in the unceded territory of the Sts'ailes First Nations band (formerly the Chehalis Indian Band).
The area is home to perhaps the largest concentration of bald eagles on Earth, where thousands of eagles come each fall to eat spawning salmon in the Harrison and Chehalis Rivers and hundreds roost in the old-growth trees at night around Echo Lake.
- Manage forests for the future
As it looks for ways to shore up the province's timber industry, the B.C. government is in danger of not seeing the forest for the trees.
Is it possible to have a healthy forest and still harvest timber? Of course - not only is it possible, it's essential. Using up the timber supply faster than it can be replenished means the end of the forest, the killing of the goose that lays the golden egg. No forests, no lumber industry, no jobs.
- Vancouver’s East Side Games join cause to protect bald eagle habitat
East Side Games CEO Jason Bailey announced Wednesday that the company has given a “significant” cash donation and will provide online social media support for the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA).
- Video-game firm joins effort to protect bald eagle habitat
East Side Games announced its support for the Ancient Forest Alliance initiative during a news conference Wednesday. Jason Bailey, the video-game company’s chief executive officer, said he is writing a “significant” cheque to the environmental group. But he said the company’s contribution won’t stop there.
- Vancouver Tech Company throws its Weight behind Saving BC’s Old-Growth Forests and Bald Eagle Habitat
East Side Games and its over one million Facebook fans weigh-in to support the Ancient Forest Alliance’s campaign to protect Echo Lake, a rare, lowland old-growth forest near Mission and the world’s largest eagle night roosting site, and to protect ancient forests across BC – challenges other BC tech companies to do the same
The campaign to protect British Columbia’s endangered old-growth forests has gained a unique and powerful new supporter: East Side Games is an independent, Vancouver-based tech company that specializes in developing online games for social media and mobile platforms and that has over one million Facebook fans around the world. It is the largest social and mobile game developer in Vancouver.
- *ACTION ALERT* Save Echo Lake's Ancient Forest! Globally significant bald eagle habitat
Echo Lake is a magnificent, unprotected, lowland ancient rainforest in British Columbia between Mission and Agassiz in the Fraser Valley, about a hundred kilometers east of Vancouver. The region is home to perhaps the largest concentration of bald eagles on Earth, where thousands of eagles come each fall to eat spawning salmon in the Harrison and Chehalis Rivers and hundreds roost in the old-growth trees at night around Echo Lake.
- Campaign Launched to Protect Rare Lowland Old-Growth Rainforest and Internationally Significant Eagle Roosting Area east of Vancouver
Conservationists with the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) have launched a new campaign to fully protect one the last endangered lowland old-growth forests left in the Lower Mainland at Echo Lake east of Mission, as part of the organization’s larger campaign to lobby the BC government for a new Provincial Old-Growth Strategy to save endangered old-growth forests across the province.
- Group aims to protect eagles’ night roost
But now an environmental group, the Ancient Forest Alliance, and a landowner who has property adjacent to the roosting trees are working together to publicize the area, in the hopes of saving it from logging.
- Saturday: Cortes Youth Champion Bill M211; The Species At Risk Protection Act
Youth from Cortes Island, BC are hosting an educational rally on the legislative grounds in Victoria this coming Saturday, October 13 from 11 am – 4 pm. Forest lands on Cortes Island threatened by industrial logging prompted the youth to research out what protection, if any, was afforded the numerous species at risk making these forest lands their home.
- Province urged to protect Harrison Eagles
David Hancock says he has personally counted more than 7,000 bald eagles in one day on the Harrison and Chehalis rivers - a world record and almost twice the best tally of Brack-endale Eagles Provincial Park near Squamish.Today, as the eagles arrive again to feast on the area's annual salmon runs, Hancock is counting on the B.C. government to do the right thing and increase protection for one of the planet's great avian spectacles.
- Campaign sprouts up to save Echo Lake old-growth forest
“This is really an extremely rare gem of lowland ancient rainforest in a sea of second-growth forests, clearcuts and high altitude old-growth patches,” said Ken Wu, executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance. “To still have an unprotected lowland ancient forest like this left near Vancouver is like finding a Sasquatch."
- Media Release: BC Liberals open the back door to log protected forests under the guise of "science" and "local communities"
The BC Liberal Government announced yesterday a new forestry action plan for BC’s Central Interior that would open the “back door” for logging in currently protected forests. By the spring of 2013 the BC government plans to create frameworks for a “science-based review” and “community-engagement” process to potentially open up forest reserves that currently protect old-growth forests, scenery for tourism, species at risk, and wildlife in the Central Interior.
- Logging of old-growth forest mulled by B.C. government
The B.C. government will examine the contentious possibility of opening old-growth forests to logging in parts of the province hardest hit by plummeting timber supplies. It's an idea that both proponents and opponents say would require chopping protective measures that took years to create.
- B.C. considers 'limited logging' of old-growth
The government is now constructing ground rules so that by early 2013 it can begin revisiting the designation of some sensitive areas, mainly in the north-central triangle between Burns Lake, Prince George and Quesnel.
- Plan to maintain timber supply widens land base.
The B.C. government announced plans on Tuesday to meet timber supply shortages in the B.C. Interior by reviewing current prohibitions on logging in environmentally sensitive areas and giving forest companies more power to manage the land base.
- NDP Sets Fire to Libs' Forest Industry Fix
The British Columbia government says it is acting on a series of recommendations to help the province's forest industry in the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Critics say it's a weak response to the issue that shows the government hasn't learned from the collapse of other natural resource industries.
- Rock music video to support old-growth forest conservation in BC
The song was inspired by a trip to the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan where there is a cross-section of a 1300-year-old fir tree that blew down in a storm in the 1960s.
- Land swaps could protect watersheds, official says
Logging on hillsides such as McLaughlin Ridge inevitably affects the water supply of surrounding communities and the province should do more to help protect watersheds, says the chairman of the AlberniClayoquot Regional District.
- Battle revealed over use of sensitive Island forest near Port Alberni
An old-growth forest near Port Alberni that had been protected as critical habitat for wintering deer and endangered goshawks is being logged by Island Timberlands - even though newly released documents show Environment Ministry staff strongly disagreed with the company's harvesting plans.
- EIGHT MONTH COUNTDOWN until the BC Election!
The next eight months will be a crucial time period for the fate of BC’s old-growth forests – in fact, the most important in BC’s history for ancient forests.
Please DONATE to help the Ancient Forest Alliance build a much-needed “War Chest” of funding during this crucial pre-election period to shape major provincial policy decisions.
- British Columbia Magazine: Ancient cedars saved
In an ethereal valley near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, more than 100 remarkable Douglas-fir and red cedar trees have held their ground for centuries. Members of the Victoria-based Ancient Forest Alliance came upon the gnarled titans - some over 60 metres tall and more than four metres in diameter - in December 2009. Soon after, they learned the area was slated for harvest and launched a campaign to save "Avatar Grove."
- TOMORROW LUSH "Charity Pot" Celebration Day with the Ancient Forest Alliance
To celebrate the Charity Pot and the Ancient Forest Alliance, LUSH is hosting a party at the downtown location at 1003 Government St. in Victoria TOMORROW, Saturday, September 15th from Noon until 6pm where you can pick up an Ancient Forest Alliance “Charity Pot”, hear more about the AFA's campaigns, enter a draw for a spectacular print by forest campaigner and photographer TJ Watt, or pick up a selection of our greeting cards ($3.00) or a Big Tree Poster ($10 each or 3 for $25).
- Action Alert! Canada’s Finest Grove of Old-Growth Cedars under Threat – Speak Up!
Recently, survey tape for logging was discovered in the Upper Castle Grove in the Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island – that is, in Canada’s finest stand of monumental old-growth red cedar trees. The Castle Grove is an extensive stand of densely-packed enormous cedars which includes the “Castle Giant”, a 16 foot (5 meter) diameter cedar in the Lower Castle Grove that is one of the largest trees in Canada. The flagging tape for the potential logging comes to within 50 meters of the Castle Giant.
- On the big tree trail on Vancouver Island
These days, visitors to Port Renfrew can pick up a map to the area's largest trees and set out to explore what's been coined the Big Tree Capital of Canada. While some of Canada's largest trees are out of reach of a typical rental car, there are still plenty of accessible giants - aided by the recent paving of the Pacific Marine Circle Route, which allows travellers to drive across the interior of the island and pop out on the east coast near Duncan, rather than doubling back along the same route to Victoria.
- Avatar Grove Boardwalk Update
As many of you are aware, the AFA has been planning for several months to build a boardwalk in the Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew. Our goal is to ensure the ecological integrity of this recently protected area, and to enhance visitor safety by building boardwalk on the more sensitive parts of the existing trail. So far we have been steadily working to complete the requisite applications and numerous studies, reviews and stakeholder consultations in order to obtain approval from the BC government for the boardwalk's construction.
- Long-Term Vision for Forest Management and Forest Economy Missing
“These recommendations will not support sustainable change,” said MLA Bob Simpson. “What I see in this report are politicians on both sides passing the buck to local communities with no long-term strategy for success. They’re willing to let communities decide whether to log their protected forests, but what happens when those are gone? The politicians will have moved on, leaving affected communities holding the bag.”
- Letter to the Editor - Pine beetle claims refuted
Re: Kieran Report, Aug. 23-29
In his attempt to blame the NDP government of the 1990s for the pine beetle epidemic in B.C.'s forests, Brian Kieran claims that the "infestation was first detected in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and could have been contained there if forest companies had been permitted to go into the park and selectively log infested areas” — an argument that has been roundly refuted by everyone with the most rudimentary knowledge of the issue.
- Canada’s Finest Grove of Old-Growth Cedars under Threat – Citizens still Waiting for Promised New Legal Tool to Protect BC’s Largest Trees and Ancient Groves
The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is bracing for a potential, major escalation in BC’s “War in the Woods” as survey tape marking the “falling boundary” for logging has been recently discovered in the finest, unprotected stand of monumental old-growth western redcedar trees in Canada:the "Castle Grove" in the unprotected Upper Walbran Valley west of Lake Cowichan on southern Vancouver Island. The Castle Grove is an extensive stand of densely-packed enormous redcedars, including the “Castle Giant”, a 16 foot (5 meter) diameter cedar that is one of the largest trees in Canada.
- Survey tape sparks logging concerns in Vancouver Island old-growth forest
The Vancouver Island old-growth forest that, over the decades, has sparked bitter confrontations over logging is again in the spotlight after survey tape was found near a grove of massive western red cedars.
- Markers stir fears of Walbran logging
Members of the Ancient Forest Alliance found the tape in the Upper Walbran Valley, near Castle Grove, which contains the Castle Giant, a western red cedar with a five-metre diameter. The tree is listed in the provincial big tree registry as one of the widest in Canada.
- Ben Parfitt and Anthony Britneff: B.C. MLAs take wrong approach to timber supply crisis
The real tragedy in the committee members’ recommendations is that they are well aware of where the real challenges lie. The committee acknowledges the essential importance of improved forest inventories—looking at how many healthy trees we have. Why isn’t this the first order of business? B.C. needs an expedited, thorough assessment now, before we have committed to even more unsustainable logging rates.
To proceed with logging increases before such work is done is irresponsible and an insult to forest-dependent communities across the province.
- Environmentalist bristles over report urging more logging
A government report looking at the pine beetle's impact in B.C.'s central interior has taken the wrong approach in urging more logging, says the executive director of Ancient Forest Alliance. Ken Wu says the report's recommendation to increase the timber supply and value of pine-beetle wood could allow for logging in protected forests.
- Media Release: Timber Committee Opens Back Door for Potential Logging of Protected Forests
Today the Special Committee on Timber Supply released its report on how to deal with a timber shortfall in BC’s Central Interior in relation to the forest industry’s regional overcapacity. Of greatest environmental concern was the committee’s recommendation to create local committees to review the possibility of opening up protected forest reserves for logging. The committee also recommends continued overcutting, logging of “marginal” stands (ie. slow growing subalpine forests) and creating more “area-based tenures” ie. increasing private property-like rights on public forest lands.
- Lift on logging restraints would be ill-advised
As members of a hastily convened committee of the provincial legislature meet to consider a controversial government proposal to escalate logging activities in British Columbia's already hard-hit Interior forests, questions arise about whether the commit-tee is in any position at all to make an informed decision.
- More logging won’t cure forestry trade’s ills
The B.C. Liberal government stirred up controversy recently by proposing to remove scenic forest protections in the Harrison, Chehalis and Stave Lakes regions near Vancouver. Their “quick-fix” attempt to provide more timber for logging fails to recognize that the coastal forest industry’s 20-year decline has fundamentally been driven by their own resource depletion policies.
- Opening protected areas not ideal: Bercov
To access more timber, the Clark government is floating a plan that includes logging in areas that were previously off limits for environmental or visual quality reasons and changing the boundaries of forest districts to add more timber to the supply. Bercov said that while the focus of the committee is currently on the Interior, he fears that any changes to policy that would allow more logging in protected areas would inevitably apply to the Island.
- Here's what B.C. needs to do to save forestry
As a publicly owned resource, British Columbia's forests must be harvested in a manner that promotes sustainability and healthy forests that are ecologically diverse. This would protect and promote existing and new jobs in communities dependent on well-managed forests.
- Yogis in support of the Ancient Forest Alliance!
The Ancient Forest Alliance is sending a big thank you to Jenny and Feel Good Yoga for having us as the recipient of their Karma Yoga program for the month of May. Their local yoga community raised over $150! Thanks so much for your support!
- Saving 'Avatar Grove': the battle to preserve old-growth forests in British Columbia
A picture is worth a thousand words: this common adage comes instantly to mind when viewing T.J. Watt's unforgettable photos of lost trees. For years, Watt has been photographing the beauty of Vancouver Island's ancient temperate rainforests, and documenting their loss to clearcut logging.
- Big trees by the numbers
Vancouver Island is home to some of the largest trees on the planet. From the well-known towering giants of Cathedral Grove to those newly discovered near Port Renfrew, ancient forests have been wowing visitors to Canada’s West Coast for centuries.
- ‘Big trees’ of Avatar Grove are pure magic
There are some places so precious that just standing there makes you proud to be a Canadian.
Avatar Grove is one of those.
- URGENT: BC’s FOREST RESERVES in PERIL! PLEASE WRITE-IN and SPEAK UP!
WRITE-IN and SPEAK UP!
Until July 20th, the Special Committee on Timber Supply, consisting of four BC Liberal and three NDP MLA’s (Members of the Legislative Assembly), will be taking written public input (and video messages, if you are so inclined), holding public hearings in rural communities in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region, and meeting with stakeholders in Vancouver.
- B.C. warned not to touch reserves for short-term supply
To access more timber, the B.C. government is floating a plan that includes logging in areas that were previously off limits for environmental or "visual quality objectives" and changing the boundaries of forest districts to add timber to one district at the expense of another.
- Leave Old Growth Alone Says Union
A major forest sector union is coming out against proposals from the British Columbia government that could see protected areas opened to logging.
- Province to ease logging restrictions in Fraser region
The B.C. government plans to relax logging restrictions on about 9,500 hectares of Crown land, including the well-loved getaway of Harrison Lake.
- Campaign for a $40 million per year "BC Park Acquisition Fund" Launched
This week the Ancient Forest Alliance has launched a campaign, including a new petition, the distribution of 50,000 new brochures into key communities, and outreach to other conservation and recreation groups, calling on the BC Liberal government to establish a dedicated “BC Park Acquisition Fund” of at least $40 million per year. The fund would raise $400 million over 10 years, enabling the timely purchase of significant tracts of endangered private lands of high conservation, scenic, and recreation value to add to BC’s parks and protected areas system.
- Timber Workers and Conservationists Join Forces to Oppose Proposed Logging of Protected Forest Reserves in BC's Interior
Two seemingly disparate organizations, the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC), a union of several thousand BC sawmill and pulp mill workers, and the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), a non-profit conservation organization, are joining forces to defend forest reserves in BC’s Interior from a BC government proposal to log them.
- AFA's tickets for Tall Tree Music Festival SOLD OUT! Proceeds to help fund Avatar Grove Boardwalk!
The great folks at the Tall Tree Music Festival donated 10 tickets to the AFA (our's just sold out! Additional tickets available at www.talltreemusicfestival.com) to sell for their third-annual event happening this June 21, 22 & 23! The fesitval (19+) is set in the rugged hills of Port Renfew not far from the Avatar Grove and features 3 nights of great live music, awesome DJ's and amazing people! If you've been the previous years, you know this is not a weekend to miss! A HUGE thanks to the Tall Tree Society for their continued support towards the protection of BC's ancient forests!
- THURSDAY & FRIDAY, JUNE 14-15 : HELP! VOLUNTEERS GREATLY NEEDED in Victoria!
Please help us LABEL and STUFF Envelopes, have some pizza and drinks, and meet other local tree-huggers! 6:30-9:30 pm (both days), Media One Studio, #201-2612 Bridge Street (near Bay St.). Please use the side door below the stairs in the parking lot beside the brown building. Park along the street, not in the private lot. *Note - If you have an extra folding chair, please bring it if possible in case we run out of seats!
- Avatar Grove's popularity creates need for trail
The Ancient Forest Alliance, which brought Avatar Grove into the public eye and lobbied for its protection, has asked the Forests Ministry for permission to build a trail and boardwalk. "We want to improve accessibility and it's vital to protect the ecology and make sure the tree roots don't get worn down," said TJ Watt, the Alliance campaigner who discovered the grove.
- HIKE - SUNDAY, JUNE 10: Avatar Grove Biodiversity Hike and Boardwalk Fundraiser!
University of Victoria entomologist and old-growth biodiversity specialist Dr. Neville Winchester, president of the Victoria Natural History Society Darren Copley (and former Goldstream Nature Centre chief interpreter) and the Royal BC Museum's senior collections manager of entomology Claudia Copley will be along for the hike to talk about the tremendous diversity of creatures living in our incredible ancient forests!
- It's a land of giants in Port Renfrew's ancient Avatar Grove
“Those candelabra tops are a sign of ancient red cedars,” explains T J Watt, cofounder of the Ancient Forest Alliance, a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect old-growth forests and ensure sustainable forestry jobs in B.C. “When I first saw those tops, I knew instantly we’d found a treasure trove of big trees.”
- Avatar Grove Boardwalk - DONATIONS NEEDED!
For $100 YOU CAN HELP SPONSOR the construction of 1 METER section of BOARDWALK in Avatar Grove - and help us build a stronger, more powerful ancient forest movement!
ANY amount you can donate will add up, whether $10 or $1000!
Please DONATE securely online at: https://www.ancientforestalliance.org/boardwalk-donation.php or phone us at 250-896-4007
- Lower Mainland Old-Growth Hike - Sat., May 26th: Lynn Creek Cedar & Kennedy Falls Cedar Grove!
Join the Ancient Forest Alliance's TJ Watt and Hannah Carpendale this SATURDAY, MAY 26TH for an old-growth hike to the 12-foot wide Lynn Creek Cedar and a grove of ancient redcedars by the Kennedy Falls!
Enjoy the great hike in the woods while learning about the ecology and politics of old-growth forests, the AFA's campaign to protect them, and how YOU can help!
- Vancouver Island circle route: Drink in the wine, the scenery, the air
There is air, there is fresh air, and then there is the brisk, briny, oxygen-thick air that rides in on wild ocean waves.
That's the air you'll breathe when you round the tip of southern Vancouver Island and follow the Pacific Marine Circle Route. This 158-mile scenic drive begins in Victoria, hugs the western coastline to Port Renfrew, then travels across the island to Cowichan Bay before returning to B.C.'s capital.
- The Week, May 17
Forest lovers take note: your explorations into B.C.’s wilderness could be easier than ever before, at least if those summer adventures take you to Avatar Grove. Now, a new boardwalk may guide your way.
- Boardwalk sought for Avatar Grove
The Ancient Forest Alliance submitted a request to B.C.’s Ministry of Forests to build an official trail and boardwalk in the recently protected Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew on May 7.
TJ Watt, co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance, said the boardwalk will protect the ecological integrity of the grove, provide visitor safety and enable people from all walks of life to enjoy the old-growth forest.
- May 9th - Artists for Ancient Forests - A Silent Auction Benefit for the AFA!
When: Wednesday, May 9th
Time: 7 to 9pm
Where: St. James Community Square, 3214 W 10th Ave (at Trutch Street) in Kitsilano
Please join us and invite your family and friends this Wednesday in Kitsilano for some drinks and socializing, a fun presentation, and to see some magnificent art donated by esteemed BC artists, including Mark Hobson, Anne Hansen, Ingrid Koivukangas, and many others as a benefit event for our young organization! We'll also present an entertaining 2 year anniversary slideshow about the AFA - what we've done, and where we're going! We really need your support during this pivotal pre-election year to make a difference for our endangered old-growth forests. See you Wednesday evening :)
- Permission to build Avatar Grove boardwalk requested by the Ancient Forest Alliance from the BC Ministry of Forests
Yesterday the Ancient Forest Alliance submitted a request to BC’s Ministry of Forests to build an official trail and boardwalk in the famed “Avatar Grove,” a monumental stand of old-growth redcedars and Douglas firs that was recently protected near the town of Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.
- Protect the Cameron Valley's Endangered Forests!
Located near the town of Port Alberni, the Cameron River Valley is home to some of the most significant remnant old-growth stands left on southern Vancouver Island, where almost 90% of the productive old-growth forests have already been logged. These ancient forests in the Cameron Valley are currently threatened by Island Timberland's logging.
- Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island Forests under Threat by Island Timberlands! *NEW Photo Galleries*
Local activists in nearby communities are doing everything they can to hold off the company from logging nearby endangered forests until the lands can be purchased for protection. They need your help! The Ancient Forest Alliance has recently been touring and photographing these endangered areas to help bolster their campaigns. See the beautiful photo galleries below, learn what makes each area special, and find out who to link up with to help protect them!
- Forum on Juan de Fuca Lands - Thursday, May 3rd
Come to the forum on the fate of the forest lands within the Juan de Fuca region and Capital Regional District, "Our Forests, Our Future". The AFA's Ken Wu speaks about the need for a provincial park acquisition fund (similar to those of many regional districts) to buy private lands for protection on a much larger scale.
May 3: 7-9 pm, Ambriosia Center, 638 Fisgard St., Victoria - with David Anderson, Ben Parfit, and Ken Wu
- Groups make appeal to save forest
Cameron Valley Firebreak was formerly protected as an ungulate winter range for Roosevelt elk and black-tailed deer, but lost protection in 2004 when the provincial government allowed Weyerhaeuser to remove 88,000 hectares of private managed forest land from tree farm licences.
- Environmental groups decry logging near Cathedral Grove
TJ Watt, Ancient Forest Alliance co-founder, said, "The grove is just jampacked with elk signs and ancient coastal Douglas firs - 99 per cent of which have already been logged."
- Crown lands belong to the public, not government
British Columbians are once again being treated to increased controversy about the management of our Crown land forests - whether it is the decreased role of the chief forester, new threats to remove land from forest reserves or the privatization of the forests themselves.
- Yogis in support of the Ancient Forest Alliance!
Karma Classes are Hatha Yoga and great for beginners.
Held Sunday evenings from 5:15 – 6:30 pm, and are by donation.
Dates for May are the 6th, 13th, and 27th
Location: Reflections Building, 127-2745 Veterans Memorial Parkway, in Langford
- Island Timberlands Begins Logging Old-Growth in Area Formerly Intended as Protected Elk Winter Range in the Cameron Valley near Port Alberni
The Cameron Valley Firebreak is an extremely rare, 150 hectare section of old-growth forest that spans the distance from the valley bottom to mountain top that is a 30 minute drive from the town of Port Alberni and lies several kilometres upstream from the world-famous Cathedral Grove.
- Let’s name it ‘Protected’
There’s nothing like labelling something with a name to give you that sense of ownership, but the Ancient Forest Alliance has played a clever card this week by naming one of the most at-risk, unprotected old-growth tree groves on the Island after B.C.’s premier.
- Music Video: Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright - 5ive Sisters
A local song tells the tale of an injured mill worker and the push to ban raw log exports.
- Ancient grove named for premier
The group hopes the new name will motivate Premier Clark to protect the grove and develop a plan to protect endangered old-growth forests across BC instead of supporting their continued destruction.
- Forest Alliance names old growth trees after Premier
"We're hoping to motivate Premier Clark to protect the Christy Clark Grove. It would be unfortunate if she were to allow a grove named after her to get cut down. And, more importantly, I'm hoping that she will develop a plan to protect endangered old growth forests across BC."
- Eco-group hopes premier will protect 'Christy Clark Grove'
The Christy Clark Grove — located on unprotected Crown land in the Gordon River Valley near Port Renfrew — rests 500 metres away from a sprawling swath of clearcut Douglas firs and red cedars that AFA co-founder T.J. Watt came across in early April after viewing satellite imagery of some of the last remaining old-growth forests on southern Vancouver Island.
- Group names old-growth grove after Christy Clark
An endangered forests advocacy group has named an old growth grove after Premier Christy Clark in a move to protect the greenery.
- Ancient Forest Alliance asks Victoria to protect grove
The Ancient Forest Alliance is appealing to the provincial government to protect endangered old-growth forests by dubbing a recently found grove of massive trees Christy Clark Grove.
- Eco-group hopes premier will protect eponymous grove
The grove, which the AFA found on unprotected Crown land near Port Renfrew, contains a Douglas fir with a circumference of 9.5 metres, making it the eighth-widest known Douglas fir in Canada.
- Earth Week Discovery: Newly found giant trees named “Christy Clark Grove” after BC’s premier in hopes she will protect it and endangered old-growth forests across BC
In honour of Earth Day this Sunday, the Ancient Forest Alliance is naming a recently found grove of unprotected, near record-size old-growth trees on Vancouver Island the “Christy Clark Grove” after BC’s premier. The group hopes the new name will motivate Premier Clark to protect the grove and develop a plan to protect endangered old-growth forests across BC instead of supporting their continued destruction.
- Opposition mounts to government talks on opening forest reserves to loggers
The B.C. government is holding talks with the forest industry over ways to supply more timber to beetle-hit Interior sawmills, including the option of opening forest reserves that have until now been out of bounds to loggers.
- A Shocking Glimpse of BC's New Forest Plan
For more than a quarter century, logging companies at the government's blessing have been on a tear through British Columbia's expansive interior forests.
Well the day of reckoning is now very close at hand and the government's response leaves a heck of a lot to be desired.
- B.C. plan would open Interior’s protected woods for logging
Old-growth forests, wildlife corridors and other long-protected timber zones in the British Columbia Interior could be opened up to logging in order to keep mills operating, according to a cabinet document detailing a proposal under consideration by the provincial government.
- Power Grab Eyed by Clark Gov't to Set Logging Levels
A leaked provincial cabinet document indicates that the provincial government is contemplating "suspending" the powers of one of its most powerful public servants in order to expedite a controversial logging program that has raised alarm bells in the professional forestry community.
- Hike raises awareness of bluffs
Friends of Stillwater Bluffs hosted a group of 50 people and 10 dogs on a hike around Stillwater Bluffs on Sunday April 15. It was part of an awareness-raising campaign that this area needs to be protected before Island Timberlands follows through on its plans to log it.
- Creatively United for the Planet Supports the Ancient Forest Alliance
Happening this weekend to celebrate Earth Week!
When: April 20-22, 2012
Where: 600 Richmond Ave at Richardson (St Matthias)
The festival will raise needed funds for progressive environmental-based charities, including the Ancient Forest Alliance, while heightening awareness and initiating action for positive change in an entertaining and engaging way.
- Celebrating Earth Day By the Sea and Supporting the Ancient Forest Alliance
SeaFlora, Wild Organic Seaweed Skincare, enters their 10th season of Wild Seaweed Tours starting this Sunday April 22nd from 9am to 11am at the Whiffin Spit Parking Lot with all proceeds donated to support the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Benefit Concert and Presentation for the Elphinstone Logging Focus
When: Saturday, April 14
Where: Roberts Creek Community Hall, Sunshine Coast
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 pm
Come join us for a fun evening of music, vibrant nature images, silent auction, and an opportunity to build community while supporting efforts by Elphinstone Logging Focus to raise awareness and protect local Sunshine Coast at risk forests.
- TONIGHT! Natural History Presentation: Ancient Forests of BC - Ecology and Politics
The Victoria Natural History Society invites you to join the Ancient Forest Alliance¹s Ken Wu and TJ Watt tonight for a spectacular slideshow and talk on the ecology, wildlife, and politics of old-growth forests including Avatar Grove, Walbran Valley, Clayoquot Sound, McLaughlin Ridge, and the newly found Mossy Maple Rainforest (aka "Fangorn Forest").
Tonight, Tues. April 10th at 7:30 p.m. Room 159 of the Fraser building, UVIC
- Easter Egg Gift Basket Raffle for the AFA!
Now until Easter, enter to win a gift basket containing a giant dark chocolate Easter egg, and loaded with gift certificates courtesy of local restaurants and cafes. The estimated value of this gift basket is over $220!
Come on down to the Italian Bakery at 3197 Quadra st. in Victoria!
- Harper changes the rules for the environment
Overfishing was partly to blame for the loss of salmon, Proctor said. So was predation by seals, sea lions and dolphins. But particularly galling was the free for-all in the forest industry: bridges and culverts disrupting streams, mudslides silting up the spawning gravel, the shock of blasting for road building killing roe.
- Big Bass not Big Stumps! Featuring the musical stylings of: Grandpa Phunk, Nagdeo, 5am, and Commoddity
When: Saturday, March 24th
Time: 7 pm
Where: Felicita's Pub at UVic
Come get your groove on, bring your friends, and join us for a night of SUB-atomic glitch hop, dubstep, and other bass heavy sounds with some of Vancouver and Victoria's hottest DJs!
- Minister costing logging jobs, critics say
B.C. Forests Minister Steve Thomson has overruled recommendations from his own advisory board on log exports dozens of times in the past three months, electing to send millions of dollars worth of raw logs to Asia rather than local mills.
- Liberals ignoring committee on raw log exports: Dix
The B.C. Liberal government has, since December, been exporting raw logs that its own advisory committee has been saying should be going to producers in B.C.
- Bluffs receive high-profile focus
A campaign to protect Stillwater Bluffs south of Powell River received high-profile help from a provincial organization recently.
Jason Addy, of the Friends of Stillwater Bluffs, joined Ken Wu, co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance, at a press conference at the Sooke Potholes. The groups were calling on the BC government to form a land acquisition fund dedicated to protecting parkland.
- An Afternoon of BC's Ancient Forests at UBC Slideshow Event
The UBC Ancient Forest Committee (AFC) is hosting an afternoon slideshow event in conjunction with Student Environment Centre's Responsible Consumption Week.
When: Thursday March 15th
Where: SUB Room 207/209
Time: 2:30 to 5 pm
- Tree Huggers Ball Dance Party at UVic! (Saturday, Mar. 10th)
This is going to be another huge night of live music, DJ's, dance-offs, limbo contests, prizes and as always, a great crew of folks! Come dressed in any forest themed attire you desire!
DATE: Saturday, March. 10th
TIME: 8pm - 1am
LOCATION: Felicita's Pub @ UVic
TICKETS: $10 @ at the door!
MUSIC FROM: The Stowaways! Compassion Gorilla! Benny The Jett! 5AM!
- Park acquisition fund wanted
Different conservationist groups, at the Sooke Potholes on March 1, called on the B.C. government to form a land acquisition fund that would be dedicated to protecting park land.
- Artists unite to protect the planet
The movement will take the shape of a new festival, appropriately held April 20 to 22 during Earth Week. Creatively United for the Planet, a three-day, all-ages event, will mix entertainment with opportunities to support green charities, including Ancient Forest Alliance.
- B.C. conservationists call for provincial park acquisition fund
Forest advocates from all over the coast press the B.C. government for a conservation fund, urging private owner Island Timberlands to delay logging until they can purchase priority lands
- Eco group urges B.C. to re-form park fund - Organization highlights CRD's model
Using a backdrop of parkland bought by the Capital Regional District, an environmental group on Thursday called on the provincial government to set up a park acquisition fund similar to that of the CRD.
- Environmentalists Call for a BC Park Acquisition Fund and for Island Timberlands to Back Off until Contentious Lands can be Purchased for Protection
Conservationists are standing in solidarity today calling on coastal logging giant Island Timberlands to back off from their plans to log forests with high recreational and environmental values, including old-growth forests and sensitive ecosystems, while calling on the BC government to help purchase the company’s contentious private lands.
- Shaw TV's "The Daily" - Avatar Grove Protected
Watch the report on the protection of the Avatar Grove!
- CHEK News - Avatar Grove Protected
Watch the local news coverage of the Avatar Grove's protection!
- CBC Radio: All Points West radio interview with the AFA's Ken Wu on Avatar Grove
It's a grove of 900 year-old cedars near Port Renfrew and has attracted the attention of everyone from eco-tourists to Al Jazeera.The BC government announced Avatar Grove will be protected from logging. Ken Wu is celebrating this decision. He has spent years advocating for preservation of the area. He is the co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Protection of Avatar Grove will boost tourism
On Feb. 16, Steve Thomson, Minister for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, announced that all of Avatar Grove is now protected from harvesting.
- TWO YEAR Anniversary of the Ancient Forest Alliance - Mon., Feb 27th!
Mon., Feb.27: 100 MILE DINNER and CELEBRATION! (Victoria)
Norway House, 1110 Hillside Avenue (by Graham St.), Victoria
6:00-7:30 pm 100 Mile Dinner! ***SOLD OUT***
Course details TBA. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
Music by renowned Victoria musician Mike Edel!
7:30—9:30 pm Celebration ***TICKETS LEFT***
To celebrate the organization’s phenomenal growth and success, Social Coast (www.SocialCoast.org) is organizing a 100 Mile Dinner for the AFA with locally-produced, delicious gourmet foods! Yummy! Afterwards, there will be a celebration with music, drinks, speakers, a silent auction, and hob-nobbing with fellow tree-huggers!
- B.C. Auditor-General faults government for failing to protect forests
Avatar Grove, so named by environmentalists inspired by the Hollywood eco-fable Avatar, has become a tourism attraction due to its fantastically shaped western red cedars, including one tree nicknamed “Canada's Gnarliest Tree” for its massive burls.
- Island version of Avatar Grove given provincial protection
Avatar Grove, a unique stand of centuries-old Douglas firs and red cedars, will be at the heart of an expanded, 59-hectare old-growth management area, Forests Minister Steve Thomson said Thursday. The decision follows a public review period, with 232 out of 236 comments favouring protection.
- Les bûcherons ne pourront pas couper les arbres anciens de la forêt Avatar Grove
Victoria accorde à la zone Avatar Grove un statut de protection d'environ 59hectares.
Le secteur abrite des cèdres rouges et des sapins de Douglas, dont certains ont plus de 500 ans, qui devaient être coupés par une compagnie forestière.
- Forest alliance welcomes government announcement to preserve Avatar Grove
The BC Government announced Thursday that a unique stand of old growth cedars known as the Avatar Grove will be entirely protected from development and logging.
- B.C. earns kudos for protecting Avatar Grove; slammed by auditor general on forestry
The Victoria-based Ancient Forests Alliance applauded the government's decision to protect from logging almost 60-hectares of the old-growth cedar forest near Port Renfrew, located about 110 kilometres south of Victoria on Vancouver Island.
- Avatar Grove now protected
The unique stand of old-growth cedar near Port Renfrew is now protected in an expanded old-growth management area, totaling 59.4 hectares,
- Ancient Forest Alliance Supports Avatar Grove’s Protection, Calls for Protection of All of BC's Endangered Old-Growth Forests
Today’s announcement by the BC government to legally prohibit logging of the Avatar Grove by including it in 59.4 hectares of Old-Growth Management Areas (OGMA) was met with happiness by the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), the BC environmental group that found and popularized the monumental stand of valley-bottom ancient redcedars and Douglas fir near Port Renfrew two years ago.
- Avatar Grove to be protected by province
Avatar Grove, a unique stand of centuries-old Douglas firs and red cedars, will be included in an expanded, 59-hectare old-growth management area, Forests Minister Steve Thomson said Thursday.
- Area-by-Area ACTION ALERT! Speak up for BC’s Endangered Ancient Forests!
Please take a moment to assist with each area – if you commit just 30 minutes, you could help each area listed below right now: Avatar Grove, Cortes Island, the Great Bear Rainforest, Flores Island, McLaughlin Ridge, and Mossy Maple Grove.
- Canada's Mossiest Rainforest aka "Fangorn Forest"
This is the unprotected "Mossy Maple Grove", Canada's mossiest rainforest, a stand of enormous old-growth Bigleaf maple trees -- some as much as 2 meters (7 feet) wide in trunk diameter -- completely draped in hanging gardens of mosses and ferns found just south of Cowichan Lake on southern Vancouver Island, BC.
- Canada's Mossiest Rainforest
This video, created by BC's Ancient Forest Alliance, showcases the mossy beauty of Mossy Maple Grove, a forest near Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island.
- Vehicle Donation Needed
Do you or a family member have a vehicle that you no longer need? One that you would be willing to donate to the Ancient Forest Alliance? If so, the AFA is looking for a safe and reliable vehicle for our door canvass to build support in communities throughout Victoria and Vancouver Island.
- Join the Friends of McLaughlin Ridge on Facebook!
Port Alberni residents led by local activist Jane Morden are standing up to protect the endangered McLaughlin Ridge, a 500 hectare tract of ancient Douglas-fir forest near the town that biologists have classified as both critical habitat for wintering deer and endangered Queen Charlotte goshawks
- UVic Slideshow Featuring BC's Most Spectacular Old-Growth Rainforests!
Date: Tuesday, February 7
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Clearihue Building Rm A202, UVic.
Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/319365198106776/
- The Victoria Naturalist - “Canada’s Mossiest Rainforest” Found on Vancouver Island
- NEW PHOTO GALLERY featuring Cortes Island's endangered forests!
See new photos by AFA's TJ Watt from the Squirrel Cove Ancient Forest in the headwaters of Basil Creek and from the Children's Forest along James Creek, both areas of which are slated to be logged by Island Timberlands.
- Save Cortes Island's Endangered Forests!
Please WRITE A QUICK EMAIL as soon as possible to BC's Minister of Environment, Hon. Terry Lake at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Ask that the BC government help fund the purchase of endangered old-growth stands, sensitive ecosystems, and other high priority lands for conservation currently owned by Island Timberlands. ***BE SURE to include your FULL NAME and ADDRESS so they know you are a real person!
- Salt Spring Island a 'model' for Cortes Island advocates to prevent logging of pristine B.C. forests.
As deadline looms for Island Timberlands to begin logging on Cortes Island, advocates are hoping for a re-enactment of an earlier success story to protect the area's pristine forests.
- Ancient Forest Alliance confirms vital old growth in threatened Cortes Island woods
Forest conservation experts say documenting old growth trees in BC island forests could help secure provincial support, in order to buy endangered land from logging company Island Timberlands.
- Environmental group balances jobs with old-growth protection
Protecting the environment and retaining forestry jobs seemed to be something that could never happen.
The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) came up with a new goal which is to retain forestry jobs through sustainable logging practices while saving old-growth forests for future generations.
- Logging of pristine BC island forest to begin in January by Brookfield Asset Management
Island Timberlands will start logging on Cortes Island this January, according to Wayne French, Operations Planner for IT. Cortes Islanders are seeking signatories to a petition to prevent the logging.
- 2012 Predictions - Environment - Ken Wu
While the strength of environmental campaigns vary each year, 2012 should be major. Here are five predictions: 1. The Climate Change Movement will Heat Up 2. Slick Oil Industry PR will Spread to Pipelines 3. Ancient Forest Campaign will Target both B.C. Lib's and NDP 4. The Fight against Fish Farms will go Viral 5. Raw Logs on a Slow Boat to China will be Protested.
- Mr. Arboretum lives on
"At the time, I hadn't paid much attention to what the lichen actually looked like, so I bought it sight unseen," his widow Anne Hansen laughed Wednesday. "Then people said to me, 'Oh my God, that lichen looks like Henry's beard.'"
- Shaw TV: The campaign for "Fangorn Forest" or the Mossy Maple Rainforest
Conservationists identify and seek to protect Canada's mossiest maple rain forest on Vancouver Island.
- A name to remember him by
It began with a story written by Sun reporter Larry Pynn. In the June 17 edition, Pynn told the story of how Trevor Goward, curator of lichens at UBC, discovered two new species of lichen: one in the Hazel-ton area and one in the Clear-water Valley near Wells Gray Provincial Park.
- NEW Posters, Winner of Lichen Auction, Canada’s Mossiest Rainforest TV Clip!
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- Final week to visit AFA store for Holiday Gifts!
The Ancient Forest Alliance has new, eco-friendly greeting cards, big-tree posters, post cards, photo prints, stickers, and more at our shared office space located at 827 Broughton Street in Victoria
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We are open everyday this week from 12:00 - 6:30 pm. We close Friday, Dec.23rd at 6:30pm! Come by during your lunch break or after work!
- Ancient Forest Alliance thanks the Mountain Equipment Co-op
MEC's generous Advocacy and Education Grant from 2010-11 that has helped us round up 20,000 supporters through our petition-drive, hikes, slideshows, and rally to protect BC's endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs!
- Lichen legacy
Last week, Hansen found a fitting way to memorialize her late husband. For $4,000, she bought the scientific naming rights to a newly-discovered lichen. The horsehair lichen – which Hansen says resembles Kock's beard – will be known as Bryoria kockiana.
- New lichen species named for U of G tree guru Henry Kock
GUELPH – A newly-discovered species of lichen will be named in honour of renowned University of Guelph horticulturist Henry Kock, who passed away on Christmas Day 2005.
Kock’s wife, Anne Hansen, purchased the scientific naming rights in an online auction earlier this month. The lichen will be scientifically known as Bryoria Kockiana.
- Thumbs Up!
Thumbs Up To Oystercatcher Girl - a.k.a. Victoria artist Anne Hansen - for a winning $4,000 bid that will give her the right to name a new species of lichen discovered by University of B.C. researcher Trevor Goward, with proceeds to the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Scientists' names live on in lichens
An auction for the right to name the lichens raised $17,900 for The Land Conservancy and $4,000 for the Ancient Forest Alliance. Artist Anne Hansen, of Victoria, made the winning bid on the hairlike bryoria lichen, which will be known as Bryoria kockiana in memory of her husband, Henry Kock. "Henry was a tireless champion of biodiversity and inconspicuous species like toads, lichens and sedges," Hansen said.
- New Species Conservation Auction” closes with renowned BC artist Anne Hansen (aka “Oystercatcher Girl”) making winning bid of $4000, with proceeds to the Ancient Forest Alliance.
Hansen won the naming rights to a newly discovered species of lichen from BC’s inland rainforest, which she plans to name in honour of her late husband. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Ancient Forest Alliance, a new non-profit organization working to protect BC’s old-growth forests and forestry jobs.
- Santa Claus, Conservation Groups Benefit from 'Tree Beard' Lichen Named for Late U of G Plantsman
The new species of horsehair lichen will be called Bryoria kockiana for Henry Kock, former interpretive horticulturist at the U of G Arboretum and a leading authority on native woody plants. He died in 2005 of brain cancer. His wife, Anne Hansen, purchased the scientific naming rights to the lichen this week.
- Lichenologist Trevor Goward: Statement on the Close on the New Species Conservation Auction
As a taxonomist, I'm also delighted if my work can in some way help to preserve critical habitats for the organisms I study. As this is a first trial run of taxonomic tithing in Canada, I accept that it will take time for Canadians really to get behind this new method of conservation fund raising.
- Anne Hansen: A Likin' For Lichen
She will name the lichen after her deceased husband, Henry Kock, horticulturist and author of Growing Trees from Seed (Firefly Books Ltd, 2008). The book was completed by his botanical colleagues after his death. Kock (pronounced “Coke”) was the public face of the Arboretum at the University of Guelph for 20 years. He died of brain cancer on December 25, 2005. Hansen moved from Ontario to BC in 2007.
- Lichen-naming auction can be your path to immortality
"I can't help but think it would be the perfect Christmas present," said MacKinnon, coauthor of The Plants of Coastal B.C., which has sold 300,000 copies and is described as the Bible of B.C. botany.
"I'm sure you've heard the phrase 'A lichen is forever,' " he said.
- Scientific American: Designate a species with your name or your pooch's
There are species named after famous people: Strigiphilus garylarsoni is a louse named after the cartoonist Gary Larson.
- British Columbia Magazine: Lichen auction closes soon
Time is running out to have a treasured name live on in a lichen species. The contest to name two new species of lichen found in British Columbia’s rainforests closes December 15, so get brainstorming and start bidding!
- Mossiest forest in Canada creating buzz in Lake Cowichan
Diverse mosses, licorice ferns and lobaria “lettuce” lichens and more fauna grows on the trees in Mossy Maple. According to Wu, Mossy Maple hosts more plants growing on trees than any other trees in North America. The area is also home to bears, cougars, elk and a host of other wildlife.
- TONIGHT! Chief treaty negotiator Robert Morales speaks on the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group's fight for their forests and human rights!
Join the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group's (HTG) Robert Morales for a presentation about the Hul'qumi'num's fight to sustain their culture, their land and their human rights against the large scale clearcutting and development on their unceded territories.
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Date: TONIGHT! Tuesday, Dec.13 th
Location: Garry Oak Room - Fairfield Community Association
- “New Species Conservation Auction” - Unique Conservation Fundraiser to help counter the Biodiversity Crisis, closes this Thursday
A public auction for the naming rights to a recently discovered species of lichen in British Columbia’s temperate rainforest will close at 3 pm EST on Thursday, December 15. The new species was discovered by botanical researcher Trevor Goward, the curator of lichens at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. Funds from the highest bidder will benefit the Ancient Forest Alliance!
- Lichen auction closes Dec. 15
Two "name that lichen" auctions organized by Upper Clearwater naturalist Trevor Goward will end on Thursday, Dec. 15. "It's been almost three centuries since Carolus Linnaeus invented the modern biological classification system; and even now the names of the people he honored in the name of various plants and animals are still with us," said Goward. "With any luck, your name will last at least as long as Canada does."
- Taxonomy - The name of the lichen
The Victoria-based Ancient Forest Alliance, which is dedicated to protecting and advocating for the province’s old-growth forests, is soliciting bids for Bryoria, a “horsehair lichen” that cascades over tree branches in long, black strands.
- “Name that Lichen” auction closes 15 December!
“Name that Lichen” auction closes 15 December. Researcher challenges Canadians to give something back to Canada and at the same time honour a loved one – or favourite hockey team – in the name of a native species: the perfect Canadian Christmas gift.
- Monday, Dec.5th: SEE BC’s MOST UNIQUE OLD-GROWTH FOREST! AFA Photo Journey & Fundraiser
MON., DEC.5: VICTORIA
Ambrosia Center, 638 Fisgard St. near Douglas St.
We are excited to finally share with you the latest, incredible old-growth stand that we’ve come across: the “MOSSY MAPLE RAINFOREST”!
- 'Canada's mossiest rainforest' needs protection, Island groups say
The Alliance and Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group have earmarked two stands near Cowichan Lake of giant old-growth bigleaf maple trees, which they're describing as "Canada's mossiest rainforest," and want the provincial government to buy the stands from TimberWest.
- Lichen names up for auction
After discovering two new lichen species in the southern Interior, lichenoligist Trevor Goward decided to donate the naming rights to raise money for conservation causes.
- “Canada’s Mossiest Rainforest” Found on Vancouver Island
Unlike other spotlighted old-growth forests in British Columbia that have all been “coniferous” or needle-leaf trees (fir, cedar, spruce, etc.), this is an old-growth “deciduous” or broad-leaf forest. The “Mossy Maple Rainforest” is found near Cowichan Lake on southern Vancouver Island in Hul’qumi’num First Nations territory.
- New Species Conservation Auction - Name That Lichen!
Your name would be enshrined as a legacy that could endure as long as our civilization lasts!
Having your name - or that of a loved one, your favourite celebrity, role model, hero, sports team - linked to a living species is a legacy that lasts a long time. It has been almost three centuries since the modern system of biological classification was developed by Carolus Linnaeus; and even now the names of people after whom he christened various plants and animals are still with us.
- Ancient Forest Photo Exhibit & Sale - Ends this Friday at 5pm!
Seeing the Forest for the Trees is a stunning photographic exhibit that brings art and conservation under one roof. Art aficionados, nature lovers, and early holiday shoppers - this is your chance to pick up the perfect eco-friendly gift for yourself or a loved one in time for the holidays and help protect our ancient forests at the same time!
- Til' The Last Tree - Slideshow of Cross Canada Bike Tour
The pair will be sharing stories and an incredible slideshow highlighting the amazing adventures, diverse birds and wildlife, spectacular landscapes and ecosystems that they encountered during their 11,000 kilometer cycling ...and bird-watching journey! Monday, Nov.14th, 7-8:30PM, Garry Oak Room - Fairfield Community Association. 1335 Thurlow Rd, Victoria. Map: http://g.co/maps/hskn7, by donation.
- Protect McLaughlin Ridge YouTube Clip (1min)
The McLaughlin Ridge is a 500 hectare tract of ancient Douglas-fir forest near Port Alberni that biologists have classified as both critical habitat for wintering deer and nesting endangered Queen Charlotte goshawks. Conservationists would like the BC government to protect the old-growth forest on private land on McLaughlin Ridge by purchasing it from Island Timberlands.
- Chainsaw buzz stirs up once-protected old growth
Environmentalists want the province to buy a tract of previously protected oldgrowth forest near Port Alberni that is now being logged by Island Timberlands. McLaughlin Ridge was classified as critical habitat for wintering deer and endangered Queen Charlotte goshawks until 2004, when the province allowed it to be removed from a tree farm licence
- Protect McLaughlin Ridge! Please take 5 minutes to write a quick email!
PLEASE take 5 minutes and WRITE a Letter to Minister of Forests Steve Thomson at: email@example.com and Minister of the Environment Terry Lake at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Critics insist logging harms wildlife
In 2004, the B.C. government removed 88,000 hectares of land now owned by Island Timberlands from their Tree Farm Licenses. Critics say this removed most of the environmental protections formerly acknowledged on those lands.
- Old-Growth Logging of Forest Lands Formerly Intended for Protection on Vancouver Island Threatens Deer Winter Range and Endangered Goshawk Habitat
Conservationists are calling on the BC government to protect a 500 hectare tract of old-growth forest near Port Alberni that biologists have classified as both critical habitat for wintering deer and nesting endangered Queen Charlotte goshawks. Conservationists would like the BC government to purchase the forest on private land on McLaughlin Ridge from Island Timberlands.
- Deadline to Submit Avatar Grove Protection Comments this Wednesday, Nov. 9th!
After almost two years of intense public pressure led by the Ancient Forest Alliance and the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce, the BC government is looking to officially declare Avatar Grove off-limits to logging. They are proposing to include the Avatar Grove within 59 hectares of new Old-Growth Management Areas (OGMA’s), pending the completion of public input that closes this Wednesday, November 9.
- Welcome to Avatar forest in B.C.
PORT RENFREW, B.C.—Pink ribbons knotted to tree branches at the side of a gravel logging road mark the entry to an amazing earthly experience, something so different from anything most people have experienced it might be on another world.
- Cross-Canada Bicycle Trip for BC’s Old-Growth Forests nears Completion
Musician Jaime Hall and wildlife biologist Nigel Jackett are now nearing completion of their meandering, 11,000 kilometer cycling and bird-watching journey across Canada supporting BC's ancient forest.
- Ancient Forest Alliance hosts rally to protect old growth
Representatives from First Nations bands, forestry workers from the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada Union (PPWC), the Sierra Club, and the NDP’s forestry critic, Norm MacDonald, all spoke on the topics of old growth and forestry jobs.
- Thank You PosterLoop Media!
The Ancient Forest Alliance would like to thank James at PosterLoop Media for helping spread the word about our recent Rally for Ancient Forests by donating space on their rotating digital sign displays around downtown Victoria! Visit PosterLoop's website to check out the creative services they offer! http://posterloop.com/index.php
- Thank You Metropol Printshop!
A big thanks goes out to Victoria based Metropol Printshop for volunteer their postering service time by putting up our recent ancient forest rally posters on all the downtown poles! This is a tremendous help and time saver when you're organizing a large event! Check our their eco-friendly print options online at: http://print.imetropol.com/ read more...
- Public Hike to the Avatar Grove - Saturday, Nov.5th.
Join the Ancient Forest Alliance's Ken Wu and TJ Watt for a hike to the Avatar Grove this coming Saturday.
*** Note - New meeting place for the fall/winter hikes!***
- 1 & 1/2 Annual Tree Huggers Ball - Dance Party Extravaganza!
Date: Friday, Nov. 4th
Time: 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location: Felicita's Pub @ UVic
Tickets: $10 - Available in the UVSS booth in the Student Union Building (SUB) and at the door.
An awesome night full of groovy MUSIC, ridiculous contests, PRIZES, and foot stomping good times
- Conservationists fearful of DND land sale
DND, which controls more than 4,000 hectares of land around Greater Victoria, is looking at selling surplus land. The Ancient Forest Alliance has called on the federal government to create protected areas or turn parcels over to agencies which can protect ecosystems.
- CTV News - Endangered DND Lands Need Protection
Ancient Forest Alliance worries about potential sell-off of unused DND lands for real estate development and calls for federal government to let Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada, the provinces, regional districts, and First Nations protect unused DND lands.
- Ancient forests in B.C. - Canadian Geographic Blog
On the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, just 15 minutes north of the historic logging town of Port Renfrew, an ancient old-growth forest named Avatar Grove gives visitors a glimpse of how the island’s trees may have looked 1,000 years ago.
- Conservationists call for the Protection of Endangered Ecosystems on Department of National Defence (DND) Lands
Ancient Forest Alliance worries about potential sell-off of unused DND lands for real estate development and calls for federal government to let Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada, the provinces, regional districts, and First Nations protect unused DND lands.
- Human rights groups and Indigenous peoples’ organizations will closely monitor landmark international hearing into Canadian land rights case
On Friday, October 28, the Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold its first ever hearings into the violation of Indigenous land rights in Canada.
- Conservationists Call for the Protection of Endangered Ecosystems on Department of National Defence Lands
The potential sell-off of Department of National Defence (DND) lands reported by the Ottawa Citizen and the Canadian media recently is causing concern for conservationists who fear some of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems could be jeopardized by real estate development.
- Big trees boost tourism in West Coast town
PORT RENFREW, B.C. - Pink ribbons knotted to tree branches at the side of a gravel logging road mark the entry to an amazing earthly experience, something so different from anything most people have experienced it might be on another world.
This is Avatar Grove, a 50-hectare piece of untouched old-growth forest, about 110 kilometres northwest of Victoria.
- Big trees boost tourism in West Coast town
Pink ribbons knotted to tree branches at the side of a gravel logging road mark the entry to an amazing earthly experience, something so different from anything most people have experienced it might be on another world.
- THANK YOU to all those involved with the ancient forest rally!
The Ancient Forest Alliance would like to extend a HUGE THANKS to all of our volunteers, supporters, speakers, performers, and the small businesses that made this event possible!
- RALLY for ANCIENT FORESTS and BC FORESTRY JOBS! Thursday, Oct. 20th
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora St., Victoria (click here for map)
YOUR participation will send an undeniable message to Christy Clark’s BC Liberal government that they MUST act during the next 18 months before a BC election to protect British Columbia’s ancient forests and ensure sustainable forestry jobs!
- Slideshow: Saving our Spectacular Ancient Forests! Wed, Oct. 12th
WEDNESDAY, October 12th from 7pm-8:30pm at the SFU Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings, Vancouver) in Room 7000
- Move by Liberals to amend Forest Act draws criticism
The provincial government has introduced legislation to allow woodlot owners the right to remove their lands from forest management requirements and sell them while retaining their tenure on Crown lands, similar to a controversial move four years ago that allowed large forest companies the same right on Vancouver Island.
- Forest brews, mighty tasty
More good news for our friends at the Ancient Forest Alliance, who just won Phillips Beer’s “Benefit Brew” competition. Full proceeds (about $10,000) go to the AFA.
- CTV News - Ancient Forest Alliance wins "Benefit Brew" contest
CTV News video of the Ancient Forest Alliance's win in the Phillips Beer "Benefit Brew" contest. The AFA will receive the sales proceeds from a custom, microbrewed beer called the "Ancient Brown Ale".
- And the benefit brew winner is: Ancient Forest Alliance
The alliance, a two yearold Victoria-based non-profit organization that works to protect old-growth forest in the province, was the clear winner of the competition that over a two-week period had the public vote for their charity of choice online.
- Ancient Forest Alliance wins “Benefit Brew” competition of Phillips Beer!
The Ancient Forest Alliance is the winner of an online voting competition to become the recipient of a new benefit microbrew beer made by local Victoria company, Phillips Beer. “Ancient Brown Ale” will be the new microbrew beer to be released next month into select private liquor stores, with full sales proceeds going to the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Ancient Forest Photo Show - Fundraiser! Wed, Sept. 28th
On display will be nearly a dozen 24”x36” prints, a range of smaller prints, and a few select framed works. Featured images will range from Canada’s biggest trees, to coastal landscape views and lush forest scenes, as well as new UNRELEASED images from one of the most stunning and unique forests on Vancouver Island!
- Avatar Grove closer to being protected
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has drafted a proposal for an amendment that would add 49 hectares in the Avatar Grove area as an old growth management area (OGMA), and an additional 10.4 hectares in nearby Axe Creek, making them both off-limits to logging.
- Facebook game lets you solve anagrams to save Canada's forests
True to its name, in order to play Donate2Play Media's first new game, Wordraiser, you're going to have to pony up some change. Wordraiser is an anagram game that has players make as many words as possible out of one word.
- Ban Raw Log Exports March and Rally
Stop the Export of Our Future, Our Jobs - Sponsored by the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada, supported by the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT! The AFA NEEDS YOUR VOTES in the Phillips Benefit Brew contest!
For the winning group, Phillips will design and produce a short-run specially-crafted beer complete with a custom label (imagine a Gnarly Tree beer!). The campaign is aimed at both raising awareness, and providing financial support by donating the full proceeds of the benefit brew to the chosen cause. Vote at: phillipsbeer.com/benefitbrew
- On National Tree Day the Ancient Forest Alliance calls for a “Provincial Heritage Trees Designation” to Protect Canada’s Largest and Oldest Trees
Such a designation would protect the largest, oldest, and most unique trees of each species, as well as the most magnificent monumental stands of old-growth trees in the province.
- Earthdance Vancouver 2011 - Celebrating the Forests!
Date: Saturday, September 24th, 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Prospect Point Picnic Area - Stanley Park
Cost: By Donation (50% of proceeds will be donated to the Ancient Forest Alliance!)
- Local band Quioa new album Wildside to support ancient trees
Local band Quoia is about to release an album titled Wildside with 10% of the proceeds to be donated to Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Public HIKE to the AVATAR GROVE - Sunday, Sept. 25th
Meet in Port Renfrew at the Tourist Info Centre at 1:30 pm (The Info Centre is on the right-hand side of the road beside the Real Goods Market about 1km into town) ***When you arrive PLEASE watch to see where parking is being directed to a gravel overflow parking area on the opposite side of the road as there will be many people participating in this trip and we need to leave spaces open for the local businesses. Thank you!
- Port Renfrew: Gateway to the West Coast Trail
After settling into our cabin, we meet up with our hiking guide TJ Watt, the passionate founder of Ancient Forest Alliance. We head out on a rough, windy road to Avatar Grove, home to 'Canada's Gnarliest Tree'. What a treat to stand beside a 150-foot tall cedar tree that dwarfs anyone and everything around it.
- Eco-cyclists on cross-country trek
Jaime Hall and Nigel Jackett are so committed to supporting the Ancient Forest Alliance, they’ve dedicated six months of their lives and $10,000 of personal funds to cycle 7,500 kilometres across Canada to raise awareness for the AFA’s Vancouver Island cause.
- ’Til the Last Tree duo going the extra mile for B.C.’s old growth forest
On a mission to sight as many bird species as possible in their travels as way to raise money and awareness for The Ancient Forest Alliance, they expect to travel 11,000 kilometres before they’re finished
- Saanich company launches online game that aids ancient forests
A Saanich-based company has set out to revolutionize non-profit fundraising, and they’ve turned to Facebook to do it.
On Sept. 8, Donate2Play Media launched its first social media game, a collaboration with local protectors of old growth forests, the Ancient Forest Alliance
- Victoria firm taps into social gaming for fundraising
Determined to remove or at least reduce the cap-in-hand approach to fundraising used by charities and notfor-profit organizations, a new Victoria company is taking the fundraising campaign to social games on Facebook.
- New Company Develops Online Games for a Better World
Fuelled by a desire to make a difference, a Victoria, B.C. company is out to create a new way for charities and non-profit organizations to raise funds. Donate2Play Media creates fun social games for charities. Through the incorporation of fun facts, compelling imagery and the viral nature of social media, Donate2Play provides a novel and lucrative fundraising channel for charities of all varieties.
- Ancient Forest Alliance welcomes proposed interim protection for Avatar Grove
Today the BC government officially proposed to designate the entire Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew as an Old-Growth Management Area (OGMA), pending completion of a 60 day public review period.
- Forest campaigner lauds Avatar Grove protection, criticizes trade-off
Ken Wu welcomed the British Columbia government's plans to protect a forest grove his Ancient Forest Alliance has campaigned to save, but criticized the government's intention to open another old growth area to logging.
- THANK YOU to Victoria Skafest for their Generous Donation!
A big thanks goes out to the Victoria Skafest organizers who made a generous donation to the Ancient Forest Alliance as part of their carbon offset program.
- THANK YOU to Bikram Yoga Saanich
THANK YOU to Bikram Yoga Saanich and Abbey and David Boon for their generous support from holding Karma classes to benefit the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Justifying environmental destruction
The company’s internet website is nothing more than a cutting and pasting of whatever out-of-context facts can be best used to justify the damage they continue to do to the environment.
- AVATAR GROVE HIKE - Thursday, Aug. 25th
Meet 12:00 pm at the Coastal Kitchen Cafe in Port Renfrew ***NOTE - please park on the side street across from the Cafe to save the limited parking spaces for customers***. Hike will finish at 3pm
- Sat. Aug 27: Nature Walk and Fundraiser at GREATER VICTORIA’S FINEST ANCIENT FOREST
Nature Walk and Fundraiser with Victoria Natural History Society president Darren Copley and Royal BC Museum curator and entomologist Claudia Copley, and with the Ancient Forest Alliance’s Ken Wu and TJ Watt through the Spectacular ROYAL ROADS ANCIENT FOREST
- Sun. Aug 28: LOWER MAINLAND Ancient Forest WALK and FUNDRAISER in Manning Park’s Magnificent SUMALLO GROVE
Join Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners Ken Wu and TJ Watt and lichenologist Stu Crawford (tentative) on an easy nature walk and talk through one of the most incredible old-growth forests left in the Lower Mainland, the Sumallo Grove in Manning Provincial Park, through a grove that is one of the most diverse ancient forests in the province
- THANK YOU to the Tall Trees Society for their generous donation!
The 2011 Tall Tree Music Festival hosted in Port Renfrew was an amazing time and great success. Proceeds from the festival were generously donated to the Ancient Forest Alliance and local community projects.
- Old growth trees cut down in the Caycuse Valley
The old growth forest that was logged was conveniently located in an unprotected tract of old growth, surrounded by the protected Ungulate Wintering Range and an Old Growth Management Area. The Ungulate Wintering Range was designated by the Ministry of Forests to sustain black-tailed deer populations, while the Old Growth Management Area prohibits logging.
- Ancient Forest & Nature Photography Workshop with the AFA’s TJ Watt!
Join the Ancient Forest Alliance’s award-winning photographer TJ Watt for a fun, hands-on photography workshop intended for novices and amateurs in the incredible old-growth forests of Goldstream Park!
- Clearcutting threatens black-tailed deer, activist says
A dwindling black-tailed deer population on the Island is further at risk after clearcutting near Caycuse Valley, according to Ken Wu, president of the Ancient Forest Alliance, who has called on the province to protect more old-growth forests.
- Recent Old-Growth Clearcutting of Deer Wintering Habitat on Vancouver Island Documented and Posted on Youtube
The Ancient Forest Alliance has released a video clip documenting the recent clearcutting of an extremely rare old-growth Douglas fir forest on Vancouver Island that served as vital wintering habitat for the Island’s diminishing black-tailed deer population.
- Shaw TV: Avatar Grove & Eco-Tourism in Port Renfrew
The Shaw Daily television program heads out to visit the popular Avatar Grove with the AFA and takes a look at how business owners in Port Renfrew are starting to embrace eco-tourism as a new economic driver.
- AVATAR GROVE EXTRAVAGANZA: Biodiversity Hike and Fundraiser! Sunday, August 7th
Meet 1:00 pm in Port Renfrew at the new Tourist Info Center (right side of the road upon entering town), after which time we’ll drive in a convoy to the Avatar Grove. Hike 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Cost: sliding scale - $25 to $100 per individual (children are free)
- Award-winning Canadian poet Don McKay takes lichen-naming bid to $3,500
McKay is the author of twelve books of poetry and has been publishing since 1973. His poems are ecologically centred, inspired by the conflict between inspiration and spiritual, instinct and knowledge and he sees his writing as “nature poetry in a time of environmental crisis.”
- Canada’s biggest tree
Canada’s largest tree, a western redcedar named the “Cheewhat Giant” stands in a remote location near Cheewhat Lake west of Lake Cowichan. The tree is over six meters (20 feet) in trunk diameter, 56 meters (182 feet) in height and 450 cubic meters in timber volume (or 450 regular telephone poles’ worth of wood).
- B.C.'s Avatar Grove needs park status, say environmentalists
The move to protect the grove has the support of the local chamber of commerce and the logging company that has the cutting rights to the area, but Wu says without park status, there is no guarantee the grove will not be logged in the future.
- Province takes step towards protecting 'Avatar Grove'
Speaking on CFAX 1070 with Adam Stirling Tuesday afternoon, the group's spokesperson Ken Wu says the government made the commitment on Saturday
- BC Government Takes Important Step towards Protecting Vancouver Island’s “Avatar Grove”
On Saturday, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations publicly stated their commitment to designate the entire Avatar Grove off limits to logging through an Old-Growth Management Area (OGMA).
- Hunt for trophy trees yields a treasure trove on Vancouver Island
The popularity of Avatar Grove, as it was named in a brilliant branding move, has convinced the British Columbia government to protect the area – and it may yet lead to a rethinking of how the province manages its oldest forests.
- Wade Davis and Andy MacKinnon, BC’s Best Known Botanists, Make Bids for Naming Rights for New Species of Old-Growth Forest Lichens as part of Conservation Fundraiser
“We’re lucky to have BC’s Rock Star botanists, Wade Davis and Andy MacKinnon, support this ground-breaking conservation fundraiser,” stated Ken Wu, co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance. “Wade has a long history as a great conservationist and ethnobotanist, working for decades to protect BC’s wilderness as well as tropical ecosystems and cultures. Andy co-authored ‘Plants of Coastal BC’, which many think of as the ‘Bible of BC Botany’. He is also the foremost authority on old-growth forest ecology in this province.”
- Likin’ a lichen? Why not put your name on it forever?
National Geographic explorer Wade Davis, who lives in the Stikine Valley in northern B.C., has made a $3,000 bid.
And Andy MacKinnon, a noted author who works as a forest ecologist for the B.C. government, has offered $3,200.
- Naming rights to new lichen species up for sale
The money will go to two conservation projects — to help the Ancient Forest Alliance protect B.C.'s old growth forests, and help the Land Conservancy buy private lands in the Clearwater Valley to expand Wells Gray Provincial park.
- Like lichen? Name of species up for grabs in fundraiser
Normally, the person who makes the discovery gets the right to name a newly discovered species but Goward decided to auction off that right to raise funds for the Ancient Forest Alliance and The Land Conservancy of British Columbia.
- The Week - We've Still Got Wood
To celebrate Parks Day this past week, the AFA captured a YouTube video of Canada’s largest tree, a western red cedar named the Cheewhat Giant, growing in a remote location near Cheewhat Lake, north of Port Renfrew and west of Lake Cowichan. The tree remains the country’s biggest with a trunk diametre over six metres (20 feet).
- Eco-tourism in Port Renfrew
The Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Ancient Forest Alliance, the advocacy group that leads tours of the majestic ‘Avatar Grove’, to funnel more tourists into the area and feed the local economy.
- Camping in Port Renfrew? Try the Pacheedaht Campground and RV park!
To get to the campground from Victoria take West Coast HWY #14 and turn RIGHT onto Deering rd immediately upon reaching Port Renfrew. Cross the single lane bridge over the San Juan River and once on the other side there is camp parking on both the left and right hand side of the road.
- Meet Cheewhat, Canada’s largest tree — and help the alliance keep giants like it safe
The giant western red cedar reaches 56 metres high and spans six metres around, containing enough wood to make 450 telephone poles. It’s accessible by a logging road and by hiking in.
- Parks Day Alert: Video clip of “Canada’s Largest Tree” and old-growth logging by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve released today
The clip features Canada’s largest tree, a western redcedar named the Cheewhat Giant growing in a remote location near Cheewhat Lake within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve north of Port Renfrew and west of Lake Cowichan. It also features new clearcuts and giant stumps of redcedar trees, some over 4 meters (14 feet) in diameter in the Klanawa Valley adjacent to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and also near the Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park (in the Nitinat Lake/Rosander Main region) logged in 2010 and 2011.
- Canada's Largest Tree - The Cheewhat Giant!
Click to see Canada's largest tree, a western redcedar named the Cheewhat Giant growing in a remote location near Cheewhat Lake within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on southerwestern Vancouver Island!
The clip also features new clearcuts and giant stumps of redcedar trees, some over 4 meters (14 feet) in diameter in the nearby Klanawa Valley and Nitinat Lake/Rosander Main region.
- In Port Renfrew, a ‘new world’ is built on ancient trees
"We used to depend on logging to sustain Port Renfrew. Now the tables have turned and we're looking at the tall trees as our future," said Betsworth as the two groups cemented their partnership Thursday with the opening of a new tourist information centre, where visitors can pick up a map of the area's massive old-growth trees.
- Ancient Forest Alliance and Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce cooperate to Protect Old-Growth Forests and Avatar Grove through new Chamber Info Centre
The info centre will play host to a media press conference today, Thursday, July 14 at 12:00 noon, followed by a tour of the nearby unprotected Avatar Grove. Port Renfrew Chamber President Rosie Betsworth and Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner and photographer TJ Watt will discuss their cooperative efforts to promote and protect the Avatar Grove and other nearby old-growth forests.
- CHEK TV News clip featuring Port Renfrew's new Tourist Information Centre and the Avatar Grove
The Ancient Forest Alliance along with the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce launched the new Tourist Information Centre today which will serve to funnel thousands of visitors into the town's surrounding old-growth forests, raise awareness of the need to protect them, and help create a vibrant eco-tourism based economy.
- Thank you to Mountain Equipment Co-op for supporting the Ancient Forest Alliance!
A big thanks goes out to Victoria's MEC for helping fund the Ancient Forest Alliance's BC slideshow tour as well as our public hikes to the Avatar Grove which will continue into the fall!
- Name that lichen
Naming rights for two recently discovered species of lichen are up for grabs to the highest bidder. It's all part of a fundraiser for The Land Conservancy of B.C., a non-profit habitat protection group, and the Ancient Forest Alliance, which focuses on saving B.C.'s old-growth forests.
- Victoria's 12th Annual Ska Festival July 5th-9th
A big thanks goes out to the Victoria Ska Fest organizers for inviting the Ancient Forest Alliance to be a part of the event as well as donating a portion of the proceeds towards us! Read more to find out show times and locations!
- Canadian Student Takes Top Prize in International Environmental Journalism Competition with an Article on Avatar Grove
International winner Liz Welliver, whose article “Making a Stand for Avatar” captures the attempts to preserve a newfound swath of ancient old growth forests in BC, was among three youth to take home a prize in the Canadian leg of the competition.
- Lichen: the new immortalization
The undiscovered species was found in B.C. by botanical researcher and taxonomist Trevor Goward, and has been supported by two teams of molecular researchers working in Finland and Spain. According to scientific protocol, the right to give a new species its scientific name goes to the person who describes it, but Goward has donated those rights to whoever scores highest bidder. For the TLC, that money will wind up serving a land conservation project in the Clear Water Valley, and the AFA will put it toward old-growth environmental education.
- Naming rights for new species up for auction online
Trevor Goward, curator of lichens at the University of British Columbia and author of several books, said in an interview Friday he discovered a new species of horsehair lichen in the mid-1990s in the Hazelton-Kispiox area and a new species of crottle lichen in the Clearwater Valley two years ago, both of them in old-growth B.C. forests.
- If you take a lichen to them, name them
While new lichens are discovered on an almost monthly basis, most of those are in the “dime-a-dozen” category of crust lichens, said Mr. Goward. The two lichens up for auction are from the much more prestigious “macrolichens” category.
- Your name could go on a lichen
A botanist from the University of B.C. has donated the naming rights to two species of lichen he's discovered to two environmental groups. The Ancient Forest Alliance and The Land Conservancy are auctioning off the right to name the species to the highest bidders.
- New Species Name to be Auctioned-off as Fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance!
“Having your name linked to a living species is a legacy that lasts,” says botanist and taxonomist Goward. "With any luck your name will endure as long as our civilization does. Not even Shakespeare could hope for more than that.”
- June 14th - Rally to support Hul'quimi'num people's fight against takeover of TimberWest
First Nations people of Eastern Vancouver Island will rally tomorrow against the sale of TimberWest due to lack of consultation within their traditional territories.
- B.C. isn't doing enough to preserve its forests
The science on forest conservation recommends much greater amounts of forest be protected, and I have confidence that B.C. can meet the challenge. We can produce more jobs and value per cubic metre of forest cut while conserving much more of the forests themselves.
- World's Largest Douglas-fir Tree - The Red Creek Fir!
The tree and a small surrounding stand of trees currently receive "soft" protection through an Old-Growth Management Area, but legislated "hard" protection is needed in the form of a conservancy, park, or ecological reserve that also encompasses a much larger buffer area.
- Translation needed in raw-log export debate
A letter writer does an excellent job of de-bunking industry spin regarding raw log exports point by point in this hard-hitting article.
- Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group opposes TimberWest sale to pension funds
The Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group representing First Nation bands from north of Shawnigan lake to Nanaimo on eastern Vancouver Island is opposing the sale of TimberWest to two pension funds because of a lack of consultation and accommodation of First Nations rights and title interests in the transaction.
- CHEK News: The Fight For Our Ancient Forests, BC Parks, and the Carmanah Valley
The story focuses on the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park and highlights the need to increase parks funding and maintenence in these spectacular places as well as the need to expand protected areas to include the remaining endangered old-growth forests on Vancouver Island and southern BC and shift instead to logging second-growth forests sustainably.
- Cross Canada Bike Tour Aims to Raise Funds to Protect BC's Ancient Forests!
Wildlife biologist Nigel Jackett, and environmentalist-musician Jaime Hall have begun a cross Canada bicycle expedition to raise awareness for one of Canada’s most unique but threatened environments: the Pacific temperate rainforest of coastal British Columbia. The two will be raising funds for the Ancient Forest Alliance based on the total number of bird species found during their ride. Make a PLEDGE TODAY!
- Local environmental advocates celebrate Earth Day
Ken Wu with the Ancient Forest Alliance, spoke on behalf of old growth forests.
- Forests for the Future: Community Gathering & Letter-Writing Evening at the Rhizome Cafe
Join in on a grassroots community gathering to celebrate the legacy of BC's endangered ancient forests and to voice support for their protection. Featuring forest trivia, letter-writing, and a slideshow of images of BC's ancient temperate rainforests!
- Port Renfrew Chamber News
I would like to thank the Sooke Harbour House, The Ancient Forest Alliance and Adriane Carr for making the event all possible. We raised $6,100 in pledges and cash donations, and made new friends who own companies who are able to give a hand in other areas.
- Avatar Grove - Making a Stand
Four bright and dedicated students from Pearson College put together an excellent 7 minute documentary on the Avatar Grove and Vancouver Island’s threatened old-growth forests.
- Avatar Grove must get saved
A recent Forest Practices Board report notes that just one per cent of the Gordon Valley landscape unit consists of protected monumental trees over 400 years old. In addition, only about one-fourth or 4,000 hectares of the Gordon River’s 17,000 hectares is still old-growth, of which only half or 2,000 hectares are protected in Old-Growth Management Areas (OGMA’s).
- Old trees find new value in historic logging town
Nestled on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, the town’s livelihood and identity grew out of logging old-growth forests for most of the 20th century. Mechanization of the logging industry in the 1980s led to significant job loss, which forced the town to find new ways to thrive.
- Secrets of Clayoquot Event - Tuesday, April 5th, 7:30-9:00pm, Ambrosia Event Centre, Victoria, BC.
Learn about the ecology of the region’s globally significant ancient rainforests, and how industrial activity threatens this UNESCO Biosphere reserve.
- New INCREDIBLE High-Definition (HD) Video Shot in the Avatar Grove!
Shooting with the Canon 5D MK II, the Canon 7D, and using a pocket dolly to roll smooth shots, Darryl has captured some of the most stunning, Planet Earth-like video of these incredible yet threatened forests.
- Port Renfrew aided by donations
At a fundraiser on March 17 at the Sooke Harbour House, local area business people and interested conservationists came together to raise funds for an information centre in Port Renfrew.
- A South Vancouver Island National Park Reserve
The solution: that the lands of Mary Hill, Race Rocks, and the undeveloped portions of William Head and Rocky Point be designated a National Conservation Area. This should be part of a larger canvas— a South Vancouver Island National Park Reserve—which would include parks in East Sooke, Albert Head, and Fort Rodd Hill connected to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail system and an expanded Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
- Sooke fundraiser aims to raise awareness of Island's ancient trees
The aim of the free-drink-and-free-appetizer event at Sooke Harbour House is to increase tourism to monumental trees around Port Renfrew.
- Avatar Grove profile on the rise
The environmental advocates with the AFA have worked steadily at publicizing the site of old growth trees they became aware of in late 2009. Some of the cedar and spruce trees located there are reportedly among the oldest and largest on the continent.
- Al Jazeera Reports on Ancient Forest Alliance’s Campaign to Save Old-Growth Forests and the Avatar Grove
Watch the news clip from Al Jazeera, one of the largest TV news networks on Earth that reaches 220 million homes in over 100 countries, who have just featured the Ancient Forest Alliance’s campaign to protect British Columbia’s endangered old-growth forests and the Avatar Grove on Vancouver Island.
- In B.C., Al Jazeera finds a new war to cover
"We're always interested in environmental stories," said al Jazeera producer Jet Belgraver, on the phone from Toronto. The story, which will air Saturday, aims to give global viewers "a bit of a reality check" about B.C. logging practices.
- B.C.'s ancient forests draw Al Jazeera's gaze
Al Jazeera English is actually available to 220 million homes in more than 100 countries around the world, which is what has local environmentalists excited.
- ACTION ALERT! TOMORROW: Al-Jazeera Reports on BC’s Ancient Forests and Avatar Grove
The campaign to protect BC’s old-growth forests is about to get an unprecedented level of global exposure! Al Jazeera, one of the largest TV news networks on Earth that reaches 220 million homes in over 100 countries, will feature a news piece tomorrow (Saturday) about the Ancient Forest Alliance’s campaign to protect British Columbia’s endangered old-growth forests and the Avatar Grove on Vancouver Island.
- Al Jazeera Covers Ancient Forest Alliance’s Campaign to Save British Columbia’s Endangered Old-Growth Forests and the Avatar Grove
An Al-Jazeera news crew toured the endangered Avatar Grove, the San Juan Spruce (Canada’s largest spruce tree), and clearcuts near the town of Port Renfrew on southern Vancouver Island last week with Ancient Forest Alliance activists Ken Wu and TJ Watt, and subsequently interviewed BC’s Forests Minister Pat Bell.
- Al Jazeera to report from front lines of B.C.'s old-growth logging issue
"This will be the biggest international news hit for the old-growth campaign in a long time," Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance said Thursday. "There is a strong international market for environmental issues, particularly one that is very charismatic."
- Avatar Grove to be featured on Al Jazeera News Network
Speaking on CFAX 1070 with Dave Dickson Thursday, the Alliance's spokesperson Ken Wu explains how the network found out about Avatar Grove
- Old-growth group helping push forest policy changes
Bell’s announcement came on the heels of a similar recommendation released by the Forest Practices Board, an independent advisory group for the B.C. government.
- Metchosin photographer earns national recognition
Watt earned first place in Outdoor Photography Canada magazine’s “human impact on the environment” photo contest. The image is of a lone man standing on the stump of an ancient tree in the middle of a clear cut in Gordon River valley, near Port Renfrew.
- No Paradigm Shift in BC Government, But New Recognition of Public Mood for Protecting Avatar Grove and Expanding Old-Growth Protection
“Somehow a century of industrial logging has actually increased the amount of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island, according to the BC government. Maybe the Ancient Forest Alliance should take up logging to increase the amount of old-growth forests in BC!” joked Ken Wu, Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) executive director.
- BREAKING NEWS: AVATAR GROVE might get SAVED – Please WRITE a LETTER now!!
Yesterday BC’s Forests Minister Pat Bell announced that he is considering protecting the endangered Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew, and is also looking at developing new legal tools to increase protection of exceptional ancient trees and old-growth stands in BC. This would be an important step forward!
- Forest Practices Board Report - BC's Ancient Forests Need More Protection
In response to a complaint filed about ancient redcedars up to 16ft in diameter being logged near Port Renfrew, BC, the Forest Practices Board, a third party government-appointed watchdog, has concluded that there is 'strong public interest' in seeing giant trees and unique stands of old-growth forest protected and that the BC government has the tools to do so.
- B.C. looking for new ways to protect ancient trees
Bell, who has previously emphasized that B.C. has ample protection for old-growth trees, said the change is driven by the public mood.
- Grove Saved?
“Certainly we have been hearing the message . . . that we should be considering some tools, perhaps new tools that we could use when particularly unique trees are identified. They may be individual trees or small areas like the Avatar Grove that provide incremental value over and above the timber resource value,” Bell told media.
- B.C. needs endangered species legislation
Super, natural British Columbia is awesome, with more than 4,373 known forms of life. At more than double the size of the state of California, B.C. is breathtaking.
- BC Government considers protecting "Avatar Grove"
"Certainly we have been hearing the message for some time from different organizations that we should be considering some tools, perhaps new tools that we could use when particularly unique trees are identified. They may be individual tees or small areas like the Avatar Grove that provide incremental value over and above the timber resource value," Bell said.
- Times Colonist - Thumbs Up To the Forest Practices Board
Voluntary efforts by forest companies answerable to shareholders aren't enough, but the report is a start toward real protection for trees with historic significance every bit as real as ancient ruins.
- Group Optimistic About Government Considering Protection of Old Growth Forests
The forest practices board made a recommendation that BC should find creative ways to protect monumental trees and ancient forest stands. This is the government's watchdog. They appointed the body to review forestry in BC and now their own watchdog is saying we need to move farther to save our old growth forests
- BC Government considers protecting the Avatar Grove and Ancient Trees
Forests Minister Pat Bell’s statements comes on the heels of a new
Forest Practices Board report released on Thursday that calls on the
BC government and industry to seek “creative ways” to save ancient
trees, that the land-use policy framework exists for the BC government
to readily protect the Avatar Grove
- Naturalists set to meet Island forests
This spectacular and informative slide show and talk by TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the Freshwater EcoCentre in Duncan.
- Call for Port Renfrew Foresters not to chop down ancient trees
The Forest Practices Board (FCB) said the trees in question, cut by logging company Teal-Jones, were between 500 and 1,000 years old. Logging the trees was legal, but the board in a report released Thursday called for foresters and land managers to get “creative” about conserving trees of exceptional size, form, age or historical significance.
- Companies urged to conserve ancient trees
"This complaint highlights the strong public interest in seeing more ancient trees and forest stands preserved to live out their natural lives and functions, and managed as a social, economic and ecological asset to the public and surrounding communities," said board chair Al Gorley.
- Watchdog wants big trees protected
The watchdog board investigated a complaint about massive old-growth trees being cut near Port Renfrew and concluded that, although the forest company -Teal Cedar Products Ltd. -did nothing wrong, government and forest companies should pay more attention to trees of exceptional size, form, age or historical significance.
- Forests minister to protect ancient trees
The minister's acknowledgment that more needs to be done to protect monumental trees is not exactly a revelation. Environmental groups, particularly the Ancient Forest Alliance and the Wilderness Committee have been pushing for it for years.
- Forestry Watchdog Concludes "Strong Public Interest" for Saving Ancient Forests and that BC Government can Readily Protect Avatar Grove
This report brings the welcome conclusions that there is 'strong public interest' in protecting our extremely rare, monumental stands of coastal ancient forests like the Avatar Grove, and that the BC government has the legal mechanisms to quickly protect them – if they have the political will
- Photo of Old-Growth Clearcut on Vancouver Island Takes Top Prize
“As a photographer working for a cause you’re always looking for that elusive shot that truly captures both the emotional and the factual aspects of the issue in one image. It’s difficult to get both together but this picture is quickly proving to have done just that. Of the hundreds of thousands of photos I have taken, as sad as it is, this is the one I am most proud of,” notes Watt.
- Photograph of Vancouver Island clearcut wins national competition
Ancient Forest Alliance photographer T.J. Watt took first place in Outdoor Photography Canada magazine's "Human Impact" photo contest with an image taken in the Gordon River Valley near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.
- B.C.'s Best Old-Growth Forest Slideshow Visits Salt Spring
“Time is running out for our endangered old-growth forests and B.C.’s coastal forestry jobs. Salt Spring Island is famous as a hub of environmental consciousness — it may very well have the highest density of tree-huggers in North America. It’s a key place for us to build support and expand our strong campaign to protect our ancient forests, ensure sustainable second-growth forestry and to ban raw log exports to foreign mills,”
- CFAX Radio Interview (on Youtube): Climate and Old-Growth Forests with Sierra Club of BC's Jens Wieting
- Ancient forest group continues push for old-growth
AFA members spent the last year hunting the south Island for old-growth stands to document and photograph. It’s trying to put pressure on the B.C. government to protect old-growth stands for future generations.
- Canada's Gnarliest Tree - Save the Avatar Grove
The 50 hectare stand of lush old-growth temperate rainforest on public (Crown) lands near Port Renfrew has become a major attraction due to the ease of access to its giant, alien shaped redcedars and enormous Douglas-firs. Yet, despite requests for protection from all corners, the BC government has not stepped up to the plate to ensure that the area is spared from logging by the Surrey-based Teal-Jones Group.
- Searching for the 'sweet spot' in the carbon debate
The valuable contribution intact forests make in conserving natural carbon stores to help in the fight against climate change has been largely overlooked in BC. Like a bank account that can store carbon away for hundreds of years, the service of keeping carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere, is provided free of charge by our intact forests.
- Film series turns eye to Youbou closure
Its goals from 10 years ago remain strong today, according to group stalwart Ken James.
"With over 200 paid up members we continue to work with other groups, often behind the scenes now, to promote our ideas of sustainable, profitable, forestry that will leave a standing forest behind for future generations," he said this week.
- The Death Of A Sawmill
The Cowichan Citizens’ Coalition will screen the documentaries Stump To Dump, and Raw Log Exports made by Lake Cowichan Secondary School students.
Discussion will involve Youbou Timberless Society members, plus Ken Wu and T.J. Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Ancient Forest Alliance’s One Year Anniversary, Organization Prepares for Province Wide Tour
Since then the non-profit environmental organization has become perhaps the fastest growing environmental group in BC, snowballing to 18,000 supporters through Facebook and by email, and garnering hundreds of news stories in the media on its campaigns.
- The closure of the Youbou Sawmill, 10 years later
The Youbou TimberLess Society (YTS) will be hosting a film screening of their documentary videos Stump to Dump, and Log Exports, produced by Lake Cowichan Secondary School students, at the Duncan United Church Hall, Jan 20, at 7 p.m.
- Interview with TJ Watt - Photographer and Environmentalist
"My work focus’s mainly on the threats to BC’s endangered old-growth forests and often times I am taking photos where less than and a handful of people have stood, if any at all. The dense rainforests of Vancouver Island are largely unexplored so it’s amazing to share images from these virtually unknown places. If you can’t bring the 4 million plus citizens of British Columbia to the woods then you need to bring the woods to them and now, with the power of GPS mapping and Google Earth, you can extend that concept to the entire world."
- VIDEO: Victoria Community TV Presents: Face to Face with Avatar Grove
We are joined by Ken Wu and T.J.Watt from The Ancient Forest Alliance, along with some great images of this magnificent old growth forest.
We also talk about 'the big picture' of saving what is left of BC's old growth forests, and the threats still facing it today.
- Tree-Huggers and Tree-Cutters Celebrate 10 Year Alliance
The Youbou TimberLess Society (YTS) will be hosting a film screening of their documentary videos “Stump to Dump”, and “Log Exports” produced by Lake Cowichan Secondary students, at the Duncan United Church Hall on Jan 20th at 7pm. A discussion with YTS members and Ken Wu and TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance will follow.
- Poor B.C. Logging Practices "add to gas emissions"
The carbon from coastal rainforests, much of which comes from Vancouver Island, is not counted in B.C.'s official emissions tally as, at the international level, Canada and the provinces decided against including forests.
If they were included, emissions numbers for B.C. would increase by 24 per cent.
- 2 MOST IMPORTANT LETTERS to WRITE for ANCIENT FORESTS
1) First Rate Opportunity with leaderless BC Liberal and BC NDP parties –
WRITE your MLA!
2) Flores Island, perhaps the most beautiful place in Canada and the
largest island in Clayoquot Sound by Tofino, is at risk of being
logged. WRITE to the BC Liberal government!
- Certification fails to protect B.C. forests
In response to increasing public outcries over his complete mismanagement of forests in the public interest, Forest Minister Pat Bell is frequently taking refuge behind forest certification programs. But are third-party stamps of approval really, as Bell claims, a guarantee that our forests -- a trillion-dollar publicly owned asset -- are being managed sustainably?
- Radio Show Raises Support and Awareness for BC's Endangered Old-Growth Forests
- No Charlie Brown Tree
O’ Christmas tree! O’ Christmas tree! Thy status is so precarious—at least if you’re the gnarly old beauty celebrating your one-year birthday in Avatar Grove. But this season isn’t just a time to celebrate: it’s time to get serious about conservation efforts, according to the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Avatar hopes high in Port Renfrew chamber
To mark the first anniversary of the discovery of the groves by the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce is adding its voice to the chorus calling for the grove’s long-term preservation.
- Port Renfrew's 'Avatar Grove' To Become Eco-Tourism Site
The Ancient Forest Alliance is planning monthly public hikes to the Grove which features 50 hectares of old growth trees, located in an area just discovered by the Alliance a year ago.
- Island's own Avatar Grove to open near Port Renfrew
In hopes of increasing public interest in saving the area from logging, the group is planning monthly public hikes to the grove, starting in January.
Meanwhile, the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce has repeated its call for protection of the old-growth stand.
- Endangered Avatar Grove Celebrates One Year Anniversary
To mark the one year anniversary since the discovery of the spectacular but endangered Avatar Grove the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce is repeating its request to the provincial government to protect the Grove while the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is planning to organize monthly public hikes to the Grove until it is saved.
- Endangered Avatar Grove
Between Port Renfrew and Cowichan Lake, above the banks of Gordon River, a small pocket of old-growth western redcedars (Thuja plicata) and Douglas-firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii) was discovered earlier this year. It represents a rare remnant of valley-bottom primary forest on southern Vancouver Island, where 96% of the original forest has been logged. This place was dubbed Avatar Grove, after this year’s box office blockbuster Avatar, the story line of which is a cautionary tale warning against the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources.
- Slideshow to protect Island's ancient forests
The Comox Valley Naturalists Society will be hosting a slideshow presentation 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 8 by Ken Wu and TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance to raise awareness of and support for the need to protect BCs endangered old growth forests. The presentation will be at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay. Admission is by donation.
- Letter to the Editor: Governments failing forest industry
As you may be well aware, our successive B.C. governments have had no interest in delaying or stopping logging of old growth trees. Their record is abysmal plus disgraceful in this regard.
- Scientists Urge Canada to Protect Its Northern Rainforests as Climate Change Insurance
A new book released this week highlights the urgent need to protect Canada’s more than 20 million hectares of pristine temperate and boreal rainforests. Found in British Columbia, Newfoundland, Quebec, and New Brunswick, these globally important rainforests absorb and store vast amounts of carbon. Scientists argue that protecting these rainforests is a critical insurance against climate change and are calling on the Canadian government to take this message to the upcoming global conference on climate change.
- SAVE OUR CLIMATE AND ANCIENT FORESTS!
See great speakers, have a drink, meet other supporters, and make a donation if you can!
Elizabeth May, Ken Wu, TJ Watt, Adriane Carr, Jens Wieting, and other speakers...
TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010
Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard St., VICTORIA, BC 7:00-9:00pm
- Avatar Grove: Don’t Miss It
Some of you may have heard that we have our own 'Avatar Grove' on southern Vancouver Island. Located just 15 minutes from Port Renfrew, the Grove is a magnificent place populated with oldgrowth red cedars including 'Canada's Gnarliest Tree,' a giant tree with a 12 foot wide, contorted burl. MLA John Horgan shares his views.
- Log exports a thorn in the side of communities
While some business owners argue that raw log exports keep lumber companies solvent while they wait for the industry to turn around, others point out that tens of thousands of jobs have been lost in the lumber industry and raw log exports discourage creating new ones.
- Minister says more log shipping capacity needed in B.C.
The future of exporting logs from both Prince Rupert and Vancouver looks bright as Forest Minister Pat Bell announced on November 2 that Canada has surpassed Russia to become China’s largest trading partner when it comes to softwood lumber, but notes that now is not the time for B.C. to rest on its laurels.
- B.C. minister denies selling out lumber industry in China
Selling lumber, not logs, is the focus of a B.C. sales blitz in China, provincial Forests Minister Pat Bell said Monday.
Bell, speaking from China, lashed out at criticism of his government’s sales efforts and emphasized a just-completed deal for Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. to sell about 364 million board feet of lumber to Chinese companies, including studs made of wood damaged by pine beetles.
- Lumber sales to China criticized
The province is making a mistake by trying to increase lumber exports to China, says the founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
As Forests Minister Pat Bell heads to China on a trade mission, Ken Wu is calling on the government to ban the export of raw logs and old-growth wood to China before it starts doing so.
- Ban Old-Growth Wood and Raw Log Exports to China, Ancient Forest Alliance tells BC Liberal government on the Eve of Trade Mission
The Ancient Forest Alliance is calling on the BC Liberal government to ban old-growth wood and raw log exports to China on the eve of the BC Liberal government’s trade mission to China. Starting tomorrow, from October 28 to November 8, Pat Bell, BC’s new Minister of Forests, Mines, and Lands (formerly the Minister of Forests and Range) will be embarking with industry reps on the BC government’s largest trade mission to China so far.
- ANCIENT FOREST ALLIANCE CALLING FOR BAN ON EXPORT OF RAW LOGS TO CHINA
B.C.'s new Minister of Forests, Mines, and Lands, Pat Bell, leaves tomorrow for a trip to China to talk lumber. Not everyone though sees the potential business as good for our province. Co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance, Ken Wu, sees problems ahead.
- Canada's Largest Spruce Tree - The San Juan Spruce!
Seen here is the San Juan Spruce tree. It is Canada's largest spruce tree and the second largest in the world! It grows on Vancouver Island alongside the San Juan River about 35 minutes from Port Renfrew, BC. The towering tree measures 38.3' in circumference, reaches 205' tall, and has an incredible wood volume of 333 telephone poles!
Despite all of this the tree and surrounding forest has not been afforded any legislated protection from the BC Liberal government. We are calling on the province to protect the area of forest, both old-growth and second growth, from the San Juan Spruce to the nearby Red Creek fir.
- Losing legacies in the cut block
“They aren’t logging old-growth anymore, are they?” This is one of the most common questions I hear when I talk to people about protecting B.C.’s endangered ancient forests. The sad reality is that here in B.C., we are still cutting down trees that started growing at the time of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and were already 500 years old when Columbus “discovered” North America. B.C.’s ancient forests — on crown, or public land, and in the most critical ecosystem types and wildlife habitat — are still being devastated by logging.
- Clearcuts blamed in First Nation flooding
Clearcut logging and a receding glacier were pinpointed
Tuesday as probable contributors to a devastating flood which swept through
the remote First Nations community of Kingcome Inlet last month.
- Common Ground: Newsbytes
On September 16, in a seemingly unlikely event, the Ancient Forest Alliance stood in solidarity with members of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada and the United Steelworkers union in Nanaimo as part of the ongoing fight to ban raw log exports in BC. AFA forest campaigner TJ Watt spoke alongside union officials Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog and Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley to the hundreds of workers in attendance, denouncing the export of raw logs and calling for the protection of BC’s threatened forestry jobs.
- Ancient Forest Alliance seeks support
“Time is running out for our endangered old-growth forests and B.C.’s coastal forestry jobs,” said AFA campaign director Wu in a press release.
- Activists make “Avatar” pitch
Ken Wu and TJ Watt are committed to preserving as much of the natural environment as they can. The two colleagues are key members of an outfit called the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- The battle to save Avatar Grove
The Ancient Forest Alliance wants the Ministry to make Avatar Grove and the surrounding 90 hectares off-limits to logging. "The Avatar Grove presents the finest opportunity for the public to easily gain access world class old-growth forest, in a wilderness setting on flat gentle terrain," says Watt. "It contains dozens of giant alien-shaped red cedars, some measuring up to 13 feet across, as well as rare old-growth Douglas fir — and it's already becoming the Cathedral Grove of Port Renfrew."
- CHEK News: Avatar Grove Sees Visit From Provincial NDP Politician and Regional Representitives
- Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) Launches the “100,000 Strong for Ancient Forests and BC Forestry Jobs” Campaign
The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) launched a campaign today to get 100,000 British Columbians to sign a petition (see www.ancientforestpetition.com) calling on the BC government to protect the province’s endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs. The “100,000 Strong for Ancient Forests and BC Forestry Jobs” public education and mobilization campaign will be the largest grassroots mobilization effort undertaken by BC’s ancient forest movement since the Clayoquot Sound campaign of the early 1990’s.
- Week of Action for Ancient Forests - MLA Office Pickets This Week!
As part of a Week of Action for Ancient Forests, and the launch of the ‘100,000 Strong for Ancient Forests and BC Jobs’ campaign, Ancient Forest Committees (AFCs) around Greater Vancouver, paired with the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), are picketing at three Liberal MLA offices, starting at Gordon Campbell’s office tomorrow (Monday, October 4th), calling for an end to old-growth logging in southern BC and a move toward sustainable forestry and forestry jobs.
- Avatar Grove Featured in Westworld Magazine
Westworld, the most highly circulated magazine in Western Canada, just published an article and photo (taken by the AFA’s TJ Watt) on the Avatar Grove and Ancient Forest Alliance in their most recent issue. With a press run of 540,000 copies, it will help to raise major public awareness about this spectacular but endangered forest near Port Renfrew. Find it on page 50 of the online version of Westworld at:
- Old-Growth Forest Slideshow Comes to Saltspring Island on Wednesday, October 6th
Co-founders of the newly formed Ancient Forest Alliance Ken Wu and TJ Watt will host an informative and inspiring slideshow featuring spectacular photographs of Canada's largest trees, including the Red Creek Fir, San Juan Spruce, Cheewhat Cedar, and the newly-discovered, threatened Avatar Grove. The presentation will include discussion of the stunning ecology and complex politics surrounding BC's old-growth forests and forestry jobs. It will be held at Central Hall on Fulford-Ganges Road from 7:00-8:30 pm on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010.
- VIDEO - Elected officials tour Avatar Grove
Malahat-Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan, CRD Director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Mike Hicks, and Sooke Regional Tourism Association member Jon Cash joined the Ancient Forest Alliance’s TJ Watt and Ken Wu for a visit to the threatened Avatar Grove, San Juan Spruce, and nearby clearcuts. The provincial and regional representatives have expressed an interest in the protection of these world-class old-growth stands.
- Horgan, Hicks, and Cash Join Ancient Forest Alliance on Tour of Avatar Grove and to Canada's Biggest Trees and Stumps
Port Renfrew, BC- Malahat-Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan, CRD Director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Mike Hicks, and Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce member Jon Cash joined the Ancient Forest Alliance’s TJ Watt and Ken Wu for a visit to the threatened Avatar Grove, San Juan Spruce (Canada’s largest spruce tree), and a nearby clearcut with giant stumps this past Tuesday, September 28. The provincial and regional representatives have expressed an interest in the protection of these world-class old-growth stands.
- Ancient Forest Alliance Stands in Solidarity with Forestry Workers
In a seemingly unlikely event, the Ancient Forest Alliance stood in solidarity with members of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada and the United Steelworkers Union in Nanaimo yesterday as part of the ongoing fight to ban raw log exports in BC. AFA forest campaigner TJ Watt spoke alongside union officials, Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog, and Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley to the hundreds of workers in attendance, denouncing the export of raw logs and calling for the protection of BC's threatened forestry jobs.
- Cantelon Worker Deflects Heat
Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners took issue after a Cantelon's constituency assistant included an AFA website hyperlink in an e-mail to a Nanoose Bay woman asking government to save coastal Douglas fir forests.
- AFA denounces MLA office
An environmental group working to protect old-growth forests in B.C. is condemning local MLA Ron Cantelon’s office for insinuating they support the logging of a parcel of Coastal Douglas Fir forest in Nanoose Bay.
“It’s a sleazy tactic to try and link us in their responses to concerend citizens when they write letters back as somehow insinuating that we are supporting the Nanoose Bay ancient forest logging,” said Ken Wu, one of the founders of the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) in Victoria.
- AFA Condemns Cantelon's Endorsement of Old-Growth Logging
I read with dismay that BC Liberal MLA Ron Cantelon's office has been invoking the Ancient Forest Alliance's name to insinuate that we somehow support logging of the Nanoose Bay old-growth forest (block DL-33) because we support their decision to keep 1600 hectares of Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem off-limits to logging through a new Land Use Order. That's like saying "because you like the new rain jacket I got you, you'll like me dumping this bucket of cold water on your head, too."
- Shaw Daily: Avatar Grove and "Canada's Gnarliest Tree"
The Shaw Daily local news program ran a great feature on the popular Avatar Grove in August 2010. Watch the video to see the giant gnarly redcedars the grove is now famous for and to hear some excellent commentary from Liberal MP Keith Martin on the need for more old-growth forest protection in BC!
- Logging near the largest Douglas fir in the world angers environmentalists
Active logging operations are creeping closer to the largest Douglas fir in the world and environmentalists fear the 1,000-year-old tree will be left vulnerable to blowdown and its value as a tourist attraction will be degraded.
- Vancouver Sun: BC's Biggest Trees and Stumps photogallery
The Ancient Forest Alliance published photos of some of the biggest trees still standing in B.C. The newly formed organization is seeking to inform the public of the deteriorating existence of old-growth forests over the past century.
- Thanks to UsedVictoria.com founder Don Barthel for a data projector!
- Donate Monthly or One Time to the Ancient Forest Alliance!
Perhaps the most effective way you can support the Ancient Forest Alliance financially is through our new monthly giving program, involving automatic deductions each month from your bank account (provide us with a cheque marked “void” and fill-in the form) or through a credit card. Your monthly support will provide our new organization with the stable funding base needed for budgeting and sustaining a viable campaign over the long-term that can continue to broaden public support to the massive levels needed to successfully protect our remaining endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs.
- PLEASE WRITE a THANK YOU LETTER!
BC Government Expands Protections to 39,000 hectares of old-growth forests on northern and central Vancouver Island, and 1600 hectares of rare Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystems
- Member of Parliament (MP) Keith Martin's Excellent Article to Protect the Avatar Grove and Expand Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Following a trip to visit Avatar Grove and nearby clearcuts in the Gordon River Valley with Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners TJ Watt and Brendan Harry, Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca federal Liberal MP Dr. Keith Martin wrote to the Times Colonist to express his ardent support for the protection of the old-growth forests on southern Vancouver Island. Martin has proposed the expansion of the boundaries of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to include much of the remaining unprotected old growth stands on the South Island.
- The Week, August 12-18
Despite the presence of ancient Red cedars and evidence of karst formations under the forest floor, the provincial forest ministry appears to see no need to protect the stand of trees north of Port Renfrew dubbed Avatar Grove.
The ministry recently rejected a proposal by the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce and the Sooke Regional Tourism Association to protect the grove in its entirety, arguing that 24 percent of the grove is in an old-growth management area, and that is sufficient protection.
- NEW and SPECTACULAR Photo Gallery of AVATAR GROVE
To see photographs of the spectacular Avatar Grove for yourself, please visit the photo gallery at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/photos.php?gID=6
- B.C. environmentalists fight to preserve Avatar Grove
When two forest activists were rooting around for ancient trees along southwest Vancouver Island’s logging roads in December, the pair made an unexpected discovery.
Just a five-minute walk from the road, centuries-old hemlocks, red cedars, firs and an identified evergreen that’s been dubbed Canada’s “gnarliest tree,” stood untouched in a 10-hectare setting, about a 15-minute drive from the village of Port Renfrew.
- VIDEO: MTV and "Avatars" follow Zoe Miles to Brookfield Asset Management
A flash mob of mostly young women inspired by Cortes Island resident Zoe Miles gathered in front of Brookfield Asset Management on Bay Street in Toronoto today to try to stop logging in one of the islands most beautiful and wild forests. The company owns 2,700 acres of the area around Carrington Bay, at centre of Cortes. Miles told the Vancouver Observer she came to Toronto "to have a conversation with Bruce Flatt, CEO of Brookfield Asset Management, who own 2700 acres of old growth on Cortes Island, threatened by clearcut logging."
- Zoe Miles comes to Toronto to save B.C.'s 'Avatar Woods'
This protest by Cortes Island activist Zoe Miles and MTV's Buried Life in downtown Toronto had an Avatar theme, and their focus was on saving the old-growth forests of BC with a particular emphasis on the old-growth Douglas fir stands of Cortes Island (which they dubbed the "Avatar Woods", not to be confused with the "Avatar Grove" near Port Renfrew). We thank them for doing this! - Ancient Forest Alliance
- Ahimsa Yoga Sooke Fundraisers contribute $200 to the Ancient Forest Alliance
After hosting fundraisers in May and June in support of the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), Ahimsa Yoga Sooke mailed a cheque to the AFA for $200!
THANK YOU so much to Paula and all the staff at Ahimsa Yoga Sooke. We are so appreciative of this support, especially at this formative stage of the organisation.
- Old Forests Get Protection
While the provincial government has sectioned off thousands of hectares to protect old-growth forests, none are located in the Alberni Valley.
The government sectioned off two types of old-growth forest on Crown land to preserve the natural trees and forestation. On the east side of the Island, about five kilometres were sectioned off to preserve the Coastal Douglas Fir Ecosystem, which is a rare type of ecosystem that only covers a small portion of the Island. Other parts of the Island in the northern central area and southern areas were also protected from future logging and land management.
- Sending a message to Brookfield Asset Management on Bay Street, "Hands off BC's last old growth trees."
The message is simple "Hands off the last of the Coastal Old Growth in BC".
On Friday morning, Young "Avatars" (giant blue folk - like in the recent movie) will storm Bay Street in a flash mob protest against the logging of the last of the coastal old growth in BC. The protest has caught the eye of MTV and will be featured in an upcoming documentary on the hit show The Buried Life.
- VIDEO: Fight to save local landmark going international
It's the best, worst-kept secret on Vancouver Island.
A 100-hectare forest wonderland: pristine, untouched and about a thousand years old.
But there are real and imminent fears this space may not be long for this world.
It is de facto owned by logging company Teal Jones.
The firm hasn't applied to the provincial government for a logging permit yet, but activists with the Ancient Forest Alliance claims the company is making plans to cut.
- Thumbs up/ thumbs down
To the provincial government, which says enough old-growth trees have been protected in the area between Sooke and Port Renfrew. That does not bode well for the trees in an area near Port Renfrew, nicknamed Avatar Grove, which are under threat of a harvest. The Forests Ministry says 24 per cent of the grove will be protected, and that is enough.
- Old-growth grove could be under the axe
It appears imminent that another round of protests will likely come out of the provincial government's July 30th announcement of the protection of 39,000 hectares of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island.
Already environmental activists, such as the Ancient Forest Alliance and the Forest Action Network, are calling for further protection for the area known as 'Avatar Grove,' named for the biggest and gnarliest trees in a grove at Baird Creek. Baird Creek lies just inside the western boundary of the Capital Regional District on the traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation at Port Renfrew.
- Avatar Grove, the "Cathedral Grove" of Port Renfrew, under increasing threat due to BC Government intransigence
The BC Ministry of Forests and Range recent rejection of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce's and the Sooke Regional Tourism Association's request that the Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew be spared from logging has the Ancient Forest Alliance preparing for a ramped-up battle. The organization already has over 2000 members on its “Save the Avatar Grove” Facebook Group and 7000 members on its main Facebook Groups, and will be working to ramp-up membership in the Avatar Grove Group in preparation for a future “Ancient Forest Week of Action” of protests, events, and rallies (dates to be announced) at various BC government offices in numerous communities.
- B.C. chops down bid to protect 'Avatar Grove'
Big trees would bring more money into Sooke and Port Renfrew than logging a unique, old-growth grove, community groups have told the provincial government.
But the province is refusing to budge from its position that sufficient old growth has already been protected in that area.
- BC Government Commended for Protecting 1600 Hectares of Extremely Endangered Coastal Douglas Fir Ecosystem
The Ancient Forest Alliance is thanking the Ministry of Forests and Range, the Integrated Land Management Bureau, and Forest Minister Pat Bell for protecting 1600 hectares of public (Crown) lands within the Coastal Douglas Fir biogeoclimatic zone on southeastern Vancouver Island.
- Old-growth protection boosted
The province is almost doubling the amount of Vancouver Island old-growth forest protected from logging and development.
More than 38,700 hectares on northern and north-central Vancouver Island will be designated as old-growth management areas, meaning the trees cannot be cut.
- Ancient Forest Alliance commends the BC Government and Forests Minister Pat Bell for taking a step forward to protect some of Vancouver Island's Old-Growth Forests
Yesterday the BC government announced the protection of 38,000 hectares of old-growth forests on central and northern Vancouver Island in a series of Old-Growth Management Areas. On Vancouver Island there are 400,000 hectares of productive old-growth forests outside of protected areas, with another 200,000 hectares in parks and Old-Growth Management Areas.
- Saving Our Forest Giants
Port Renfrew is the furthest outpost of my riding. It is a land of extraordinary beauty with mountains that hug a rugged coastline, rivers that run through deep valleys, and a land that harbours significant biodiversity. This area also contains some of the oldest and most majestic living things on our planet. In the area of the Gordon River Valley and further north in the upper Walbran Valley are some of the largest trees on the planet. A few weeks ago, I went into this remote area with a small team from the Ancient Forest Alliance to document these giant Western Red Cedars, Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir that jut out of the surrounding valley floors like spires from cathedrals.
- Seymour Valley Old-Growth Forest Hike
Join the Ancient Forest Alliance and Ancient Forest Committees to see an amazing stand of old-growth forests (including massive Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, and redcedar), next to the Seymour River in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve!
- Avatar Grove Hike - Sunday July 25
On Sunday, July 25, join the Ancient Forest Alliance's forest campaigner + photographer TJ Watt and communications director Brendan Harry to visit the magnificent but endangered “Avatar Grove”. The grove is home to dozens of ancient redcedar trees, many of which are at least 13 feet across, centuries old, and covered in massive alien-shaped burls! Rare old-growth Douglas fir trees, of which 99% of have been logged, are also found in the grove. Avatar Grove is currently flagged for logging despite its potential to become a major tourism destination, the “Cathedral Grove of Port Renfrew”, and important ecological value.
- New Images of Massive Trees and Giant Stumps on Google Earth
Ancient forest campaigner and photographer TJ Watt has been steadily uploading new shots of BC's biggest trees and most massive stumps to Google Earth, a popular global satellite-imaging program. This allows users around the world to view ancient forest photographs on both Google Earth and Google Maps.
- Organise a Fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance
July has arrived and we are just two weeks away from our $30,000 July 31 fundraising deadline. The recent slew of highly successful community-organised benefits events has gone a long way toward our target, and it would be wonderful to maintain this level of momentum.
- MP Keith Martin wants to expand Pacific Rim park
The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is supporting Member of Parliament (Esquimalt- Juan de Fuca) Keith Martin’s proposal to extend Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s boundaries to protect adjacent endangered forests, including the grandest stands of old-growth trees in Canada.
- Saving Our Ancient Forests- Slideshow and Talk
Join TJ Watt, Hannah Carpendale and Michelle Connolly from the Ancient Forest Alliance to learn about the ecology and politics of BC's ancient forests and find out how YOU can get involved in the growing movement to save them!
Thursday July 29th
Burnaby Public Library, McGill Branch
4595 Albert St. (near Hastings & Willingdon)
- Endangered forest turns into Island battleground
The fate of a small patch of endangered Vancouver Island forest has put local residents and politicians at odds with the province and a First Nations band.
The Snaw-naw-as First Nation has been issued a one-time forest licence by the province to cut 15,000 cubic metres of wood west of Nanoose Bay to raise much-needed cash -- even though the rare remnant of endangered coastal Douglas fir forest contains endangered plants and animals.
- Ancient Forest Alliance supports MP Keith Martin’s proposal to expand Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to include Canada’s grandest old-growth forests
Port Renfrew, BC – The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is supporting Member of Parliament (Esquimalt- Juan de Fuca) Keith Martin’s proposal to extend Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s boundaries to protect adjacent endangered forests, including the grandest stands of old-growth trees in Canada. Last week Martin joined Ancient Forest Alliance activists TJ Watt and Brendan Harry on a guided tour through the spectacular Avatar Grove and a nearby clearcut filled with giant stumps near the national park reserve.
- MP Martin Continues Push To Expand Park
A federal Liberal member of Parliament is continuing his drive to expand the boundaries of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Dr. Keith Martin, MP for Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca, toured a section of old-growth forest and some clear cuts near Port Renfrew last week with members of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
- Inaugural Tall Trees Music Festival grows deep roots
The streets of Toronto were lit up by burning police cars on the weekend of June 26. But back on the Island, music fans were lighting other things as they danced to the music of Jon and Roy, Current Swell, the Racoons, DJ Tedder, Listening Party and other local acts at the first ever Tall Trees Music Festival.
- Tall Tree Festival in Port Renfrew
The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone at Radio Contact Productions, Bigfish Lodge, Wild Coast Cottages, and Sitka Surfboards for organising such a successful event and so generously supporting the AFA. Thanks, as well, to all the volunteers, the event sponsors, the amazing musicians, and everyone who attended in support of the AFA!
- Saanich Bikram’s “Karma Classes” contributes nearly $1000 to the Ancient Forest Alliance
After hosting 7 “Karma Classes” in support of the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), Bikram’s Yoga in Saanich (http://www.bikramyogasaanich.com/) mailed a cheque to the AFA for nearly $1000!
- Belly dancing, Beer, and Burger night nets almost $600 for the Ancient Forest Alliance
Another massive THANK YOU is owed to Cindy Bernicot, who organised a very successful night of belly dancing, beer, and burgers in Fort Langley on June 5th. Almost 50 dinner tickets sold for the event and, all told, it raised nearly $600 for the Ancient Forest Alliance. We are extremely grateful for all this support at this crucial early stage of the organisation.
- Organize a fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance
July has arrived and we are just weeks away from our $30,000 July 31 fundraising deadline. The recent slew of highly successful community-organised benefit events has gone a long way toward our target, and it would be wonderful to maintain this level of momentum.
- Forestry agency has no guidance on conflict over Douglas fir stand
The provincial forestry watchdog agency agrees the province should allow a mature coastal Douglas fir forest in Nanoose to be logged, but stops short of saying how it can be done.
The Forest Practices Board investigated a complaint against the B.C. Forests Ministry for issuing a woodlot licence for District Lot 33, a 64-hectare property containing rare coastal Douglas fir forest in Nanoose Bay.
- Tall Tree Fest highlights Island talent
What: Tall Tree Music Festival
When: Friday and Saturday (camping is available)
Where: Wild Coast Cottages, 6574 Baird Rd., Port Renfrew
Tickets: $70 (weekend pass) at Sitka Surf Shop, McPherson box office, and www.rmts.com
- Ancient forests and new advocates
Canada is among the last of the developed nations that logs its old-growth forests. In the US, the vast majority of logging takes place in second-growth stands, while Europeans log second- and third-growth forests. Southwestern Australia halted the logging of its old-growth forests six years ago, as did New Zealand in the year 2000.
- Trees and Bikes: The Big Tree Tour
The Big Tree Tour is a fundraising ride started by four friends who happen to be very passionate about the work the Ancient Forest Alliance is doing. “We also like riding bikes,” said Big Tree Tour organizer and rider Leroy Nixon. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about the preservation of our ancient forests through ecotourism and human-powered travel.
- Big Trees Pedal Powered Tour Completed!
On Sunday, June 6, the numerous cyclists participating in the Big Trees Pedal Powered Tour successfully completed the final leg of their 4 day, 260 kilometre self-propelled journey to see some of the stunning old growth forests of southern Vancouver Island. The trip was organised as a fundraiser and to raise awareness of the pressing need for protection of BC’s endangered forests. As part of their trip, the riders visited many of the biggest trees in Canada, including those found in the spectacular Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew. In recent months, freshly logged stumps measuring 45 feet in circumference have been found in the Gordon River Valley, just over a kilometre from Avatar Grove.
- NEW, CONVENIENT PHONE-IN credit card DONATIONS
As a new grassroots organization and with our June 21 deadline to raise $20,000 fast approaching, we are in GREAT need of funding. Per dollar, your support will go farther with us than with virtually any other major environmental organization in the country, allowing us to build a most effective movement for our ancient forests and forestry jobs!
- Hunting the ancient giants
They don’t have much in the way of money, equipment or people, but Ken Wu says big tree hunting is drawing critical attention to the plight of old growth forests.
- BIG TREES PEDAL POWERED TOUR
From June 3 to 6, a team of cyclists organized by Victoria resident Tom Fortington will be riding 260 kilometers to the biggest trees in Canada near Port Renfrew to raise funds and awareness for the Ancient Forest Alliance!
- Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew, Friday June 25 - Sunday June 27
This weekend festival in Port Renfrew is being hosted by various local businesses, including the Bigfish Lodge, Wild Coast Cottages, Sitka Surfboards, and Radio Contact Productions, in support of the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA). The festival will feature bands and DJs from across Canada playing in a coastal venue with views over the West Coast Trail and the Port San Juan. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the AFA. For more information, please visit http://www.radiocontact.ca/
- Ahimsa Yoga in Sooke Hosts Fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance
Ahimsa Yoga in Sooke is hosting a special Karma Yoga class with all proceeds donated to the AFA!
- Reinventing Renfrew
When members of the Ancient Forest Alliance asked Port Renfrew restaurant owner Jessica Hicks to host a public meeting about a stand of old growth trees dubbed Avatar Grove, Hicks thought she might use the event as a fundraiser for the fledgeling environmental group. Then, reflecting on her Coastal Kitchen Cafe’s place in the community and the smouldering tension between environmentalists and B.C.’s logging towns, Hicks decided a simple information session might ruffle fewer feathers.
- Discover Sooke Blog - Avatar Grove in Port Renfrew
From the Discover Sooke tourism website: "Over the long weekend, Mrs. Discover Sooke and I, made the trek west from Sooke to Port Renfrew to visit the much talked about piece of land with a few remaining first growth forest trees standing on it. This piece of land has been dubbed “Avatar Grove”, after the movie, for its large and gnarly trees."
- Ancient Forest Alliance Avatar Grove Trip March 2010
On March 28th 2010, the Ancient Forest Alliance lead its first public hike to help save the Avatar Grove and to raise awareness about Vancouver Island's rapidly vanishing old-growth ecosystems. 80 people made the trip in the wet weather to see the spectacular forest. Filmed and edited by Nic Vandergugten.
- CRD Parks Public Input Process Presents Golden Opportunity to Protect Canada's Most Magnificent Old-Growth Forests
A first rate opportunity for saving Canada’s largest trees and some of its most magnificent ancient forests is currently being presented through the Capital Regional District – CRD (on southern Vancouver Island), which is soliciting public input on where new regional parks should be located as part of their Strategic Plan for the next 10 years.
- Ancient Forest Alliance Applauds CRD Parks for Considering Public Input
A group who's mission is to save the island's old growth forests is giving CRD Parks a pat on the back, this for hosting a number of public input meetinsg over the past two weeks.
- Peace in the forest an elusive goal in B.C.
Across northern Canada, environmentalists are high-fiving one another over Tuesday's landmark declaration of peace in the woods. No more logging in an Italy-sized swath of boreal forest stretching from coast to coast. The war is over. Hooray.
Meanwhile, Wu watches Vancouver Island's old growth disappear like Gordon Campbell during the HST debate.
- Old-Growth Forest Slideshow Comes to Saltspring Island on Thursday, May 27
An informative and spectacular slideshow presentation of the largest trees in Canada including the Red Creek Fir, San Juan Spruce, Cheewhat Cedar and the newly-discovered Avatar Grove, and the politics and ecology of BC's old-growth forests and forestry jobs, will be presented on Thursday, May 27 (7:00-8:30 pm, Central Hall on Fulford-Ganges Rd., by donation) by Ken Wu and TJ Watt of the newly formed Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA).
- CRD Parks Public Input Process Presents Golden Opportunity to Protect Canada’s Most Magnificent Old-Growth Forests
A first rate opportunity towards ending the war in the woods on southern Vancouver Island is currently being presented through the Capital Regional District Parks public input process. The public input process involves a series of Community Engagement Sessions held in a variety of CRD communities between May 6 through 19 and online written feedback until an unspecified date (see http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/planning/strategicplan.htm). The public input will be used by the CRD Parks Committee to determine the strategic direction of the regional parks and trails in the area on southern Vancouver Island.
- Old-growth forest activists turn to Facebook
Some Vancouver Island environmentalists who say they discovered tree stumps as wide as a living room are turning to Facebook for help raising awareness of what’s being lost through old-growth logging.
- Massive Port Renfrew tree stumps raise logging suspicions
Massive stumps found on Crown land near Port Renfrew are arousing fears that logging companies are taking the biggest and best old-growth trees even though the local chamber of commerce wants to promote giant tree tourism.
- Old-growth forest 'a sea of stumps'
Massive stumps found on Crown land near Port Renfrew are arousing fears that logging companies are taking the biggest and best old-growth trees -- at the same time as the local chamber of commerce is trying to promote giant-tree tourism.
- Noon Hour Protest Against Old-Growth Logging Targets MLA Ida Chong
- “Canada's Biggest Stumps Competition” Launched
Discovery of numerous 12 to 15 feet (3.7 to 4.6 meters) wide old-growth stumps recently logged near the Avatar Grove on Vancouver Island prompts creation of a new Facebook group where members can upload their largest stump photos.
- Celebration of Nature, Music and Dance brings artists together to protect forests
"Celebration of Nature, Music and Dance" took place in a unique setting at Tzvi's Place, 1823 E 2nd Ave in Vancouver. Music and dance started last night, Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 7:30pm and ran through Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 2:00am. The event was described as "honoring our Ancient Forests with incredibly talented musicians, dancers and artists."
The event was partially a fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance, which is a new British Columbian organization working to protect the endangered old-growth forests of BC and to ensure sustainable forestry jobs in the province. It was founded in January of 2010 by former Western Canada Wilderness Committee activists Ken Wu, TJ Watt, and others, and by Vancouver old-growth activist Michelle Connolly. I spoke with Michelle Connolly about the groups mission to be a grassroots environmental organisation working to foster knowledge and connection to these forests, as well as to advocate politically for their protection.
- Fundraising Update
So far 200 supporters have contributed $8854 since we launched our funding drive on March 22, with a minimum goal of raising $20,000 by June 21.
- Bikram Yoga Fundraisers for the Ancient Forest Alliance
Bikram’s Yoga (Saanich) is holding a fundraising yoga session for the Ancient Forest Alliance tonight (and the next two Fridays in May)! Many thanks to them!
7:45 pm, #100 – 1620 Garnet Road
- PROTEST/ Gift Giving Ceremony for the AVATAR GROVE and BC’s ANCIENT FORESTS at MLA Ida Chong’s Oak Bay Office!
12:00 – 12:30 PM
Come to a brief petition drive, protest and gift giving ceremony at BC Liberal MLA Ida Chong's office in Oak Bay, Victoria.
- Big Trees Pedal Powered Tour
10 cyclists will be riding 260 kilometers to the biggest trees in Canada by Port Renfrew, the Red Creek Fir and the San Juan Spruce and to the spectacular Avatar Grove, from June 3 to 6 to raise funds and awareness for the Ancient Forest Alliance!
- Celebration of Nature, Music and Dance - Ancient Forests and Sound
Old-growth forests are our natural heritage, and BC's south coast holds one of the last such ecosystems on Earth. Our ancient forests support a complex network of which we are all part, yet these forests continue to be logged at a rate that will soon lead to their extinction if we do not make a change. The Ancient Forest Alliance is a grassroots environmental organization that works to foster knowledge and connection to these forests, as well as to advocate politically for their protection.
- Prospect of logging in Douglas fir ecosystem above Nanoose Bay worries neighbouring municipalities
To the Nanoose First Nation, District Lot No. 33 is a prime piece of forest in the middle of its traditional territory, rich with towering old-growth Douglas firs over which the band holds legal timber harvesting rights.
To neighbours, environmentalists and municipal officials throughout the region, DL 33 is a pristine example of the endangered coastal Douglas fir ecosystem found only in B.C.’s Georgia Basin and Washington State’s San Juan Islands.
- Victoria Natural History Society article
A new organization has recently emerged in the world of BC’s non-profit environmental community: the Ancient Forest Alliance. Founded in January 2010 by former Wilderness Committee activists, the new organization seeks to continue the grassroots education and mobilization campaigns to protect old-growth forests, but with a new twist: without charitable status, which will enable the organization to get more political in its criticisms or endorsements of politicians. This will become a great motivator for the BC government and all political parties to embrace a conservation agenda to protect the disappearing ancient forests of Vancouver Island and southern British Columbia. In addition, the organization will be building broad-based support among First Nations, businesses, faith groups, scientists, and members of naturalist clubs for ancient forest protection.
- Upcoming AFA Events and Hikes!
Sunday, April 25 - Nature/ Old-Growth Walk in Mount Douglas Park: Oak Bay-Gordon Heads’ Old Growth in its Own Backyard
Thursday, April 29 – Vancouver Island’s Biggest Trees and Biggest Stumps – Launch Presentation of the new Oak Bay – Gordon Head Ancient Forest Committee
Saturday, May 1st – Lower Mainland Old-Growth Hike up Sumas Mountain (near Abbotsford at Whatcom Road Exit)
- Fundraising Update - Please support the Ancient Forest Alliance!
The Ancient Forest Alliance – BC’s newest major grassroots environmental group founded just 3 months ago – needs your support GREATLY.
We launched a fundraising campaign on March 22, with a goal of raising $20,000 by June 21.
So far, over 120 generous individuals have contributed over $7000. THANK YOU for your generous support!
- Earth Day Media Release: Avatar’s James Cameron Invited by Environmental Group to Visit the Endangered “Avatar Grove” of Ancient Trees
British Columbian environmentalists with the new environmental group, the Ancient Forest Alliance, are inviting James Cameron, director of the blockbuster film Avatar, to visit a spectacular but endangered old-growth forest on Vancouver Island nicknamed the “Avatar Grove” and to endorse its protection.
Today, the film Avatar is being released on DVD and blue ray disc to coincide with Earth Day, a release date chosen by Cameron in order to raise environmental awareness. Avatar is the highest grossing film at the box office in world history, generating $2.7 billion (US) in sales internationally (the next highest was the Titanic, also directed by Cameron, which grossed $1.8 billion US).
- Protect Haro Woods
Haro Woods is a 9 hectare urban forest in the municipality of Saanich, near the University of Victoria. In this second-growth stand of Douglas firs, western redcedars, shore pine, and arbutus trees are substantial numbers of deer, threatened red-legged frogs, raptors, and owls. It is heavily used as a recreation area by local residents, who have also been lobbying for its protection as a park for several decades.
- Forest industry pays for many services
NOTE: The following letter to the editor by Dave Lewis of the Truck Loggers Association, who support raw log exports and apparently the demise of union jobs in the forest service, fails to mention that the long-term decline in the coastal forest industry over the span of 20 years is due to the depletion of the old-growth resource (the biggest, best, and most accessible trees in the lower elevations), that ancient forests are worth more standing economically when factoring in tourism, hunting, angling, non-timber forest products, and carbon storage (according to a 2007 SFU study on the Fraser TSA), and that the government's elimination of processing requirements without any incentives to stimulate investment in second-growth processing and value-added manufacturing has contributed greatly to the demise of a huge section of the industry and the workforce (ie. manufacturing - which Dave Lewis cares little about it seems...) - Ken Wu
- TOMORROW Slideshow of the Avatar Grove, San Juan Spruce and Red Creek Fir
Slideshow of the Avatar Grove, San Juan Spruce, and Red Creek Fir
Wednesday April 21
Coastal Kitchen Cafe (17245 Parkinson Rd.), Port Renfrew
- Stand up for Avator Grove
I recently visited Avatar Grove, a spectacular area of old-growth forest near Port Renfrew. This area is not only devastatingly beautiful but also provides important wildlife habitat and is prime location for eco-tourism...
- Upcoming AFA Events
1. SAVE the NANOOSE BAY FOREST! Logging imminent...
2. Wed.,Apr.21 - Slideshow in Port Renfrew (Coastal Kitchen Cafe, 2 pm): Avatar Grove, Red Creek Fir, San Juan Spruce
3. FUNDRAISING DRIVE - $4000 raised so far – help us sustain our NEW organization! We really need YOUR help to reach our fundraising target of $10,000 by Earth Day! (April 22)
- Expected layoffs in B.C. government's Ministry of Forests bad timing says NDP
On the heels of issuing layoff notices to 294 public service workers Monday, the B.C. government is planning for another round of cuts in the Ministry of Forests by early summer.
At a time when lumber prices are booming but the industry is far from recovering, it's either the worst time to slash jobs -- according to the leader of the Opposition -- or an opportune time to cut, according to an industry leader.
- Environmental activist targets Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding to launch tree campaign
You don't have to drive hours out of Victoria to find old-growth trees or, for that matter, politicians who are hanging onto their seats by a thread.
- Avatar Rally for B.C.'s Ancient Forests, 27 March 2010
This video was made by Langara journalism students Linnaea and Jackie of the Avatar Rally to Save BC's Ancient Forests and Forestry Jobs hosted by the Ancient Forest Alliance and Point Grey Ancient Forest Committee on Saturday March 27, 2010.
- New Old-Growth Activist Teams to be Launched in BC Swing Ridings to take the Ancient Forest Campaign to a Whole New Level
Without the handcuffs of charitable status which forbids organizations from condemning or endorsing politicians and political parties, BC’s new Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA - visit www.ancientforestalliance.org ) is now positioned to organize hard-hitting campaigns in key provincial swing ridings. In particular, the AFA will be working to systematically train and guide activists to establish “Ancient Forest Committees” (AFC’s), or forest activist teams, in 8 to 10 provincial swing ridings over the next year. The AFC’s will be technically autonomous from the AFA, but will be trained and guided by the AFA particularly in their formative stages.
- Avatar worth exploring
I had the pleasure March 28 of joining 80 other members of the Ancient Forest Alliance to experience the small grove of old growth trees near Port Renfrew known (informally) as Avatar Grove.
- Avatar worth saving
As one of the 80 hikers who visited Avatar Grove on March 28 with the Ancient Forest Alliance, I find it somewhat ironic that the Vancouver Olympics showcased the natural beauty of B.C.'s old-growth forests.
- Monday Hits The Road To See Avatar Grove
Last weekend, Monday hit the road with environmentalist Ken Wu and the Ancient Forest Alliance (along with 80 other curious community members) to pay a visit to what the AFA is calling "Canada's gnarliest tree".
- Earthly Na'vi
It didn't take long for environmentalists to tap into James Cameron's massively successful Avatar for a creative boost to their rallies.
- Science Matters: It's getting harder and harder to spot the spotted owl
If the northern spotted owl is healthy, it's a good sign that the old-growth forests where it lives are healthy. Unfortunately, the spotted owl is not doing well in British Columbia, the only place it lives in Canada. Only six of the beautiful brown-eyed birds remain here.
- Old growth forest for sale in Cape Scott Provincial Park
For just over $1.8 million, you can own 60 hectares of old growth forest and white sand shoreline within the boundaries of Cape Scott Provincial Park, just three kilometres off the world-famous Cape Scott Trail. If a more sheltered retreat is more your thing, $349,000 will buy about 16 hectares of old growth forest bordering the salmon-bearing Fisherman River – which is even closer to the Trail.
- Old-growth forest worth preserving
I had the pleasure last Sunday to experience the small grove of old-growth trees near Port Renfrew known informally as the Avatar Grove
- Avatar's beauty exists in our world, too
So I finally went to see Avatar in 3-D. It was breathtaking, of course. But what struck me the most was at the end; I realized that I had viewed this epic story of environmental degradation through plastic 3-D glasses made in China.
- B.C.'s old-growth forests have support of the Na'vi
Downtown Vancouver was visited by Na'vi from the extraterrestrial moon Pandora at a small rally for B.C.'s ancient rainforests Saturday afternoon.
Led by a carnival band in green costumes, about 100 supporters of the Ancient Forest Alliance borrowed from images from the blockbuster hit Avatar in their protest against the logging of old-growth forests and marched to the Vancouver Art Gallery with its message that the provincial government needs to take more action to protect those scarce landscapes
- TOMORROW Saturday, March 27 - RALLY for Ancient Forests and Forestry Jobs!
Send a message to the BC Liberal government that they need to protect our ancient forests, ensure the sustainable logging of second-growth forests, and ban raw log exports to protect forestry jobs!
12:00 NOON - Meet at Canada Place (closest Skytrain is Waterfront Station)
12:30pm - Begin march to Vancouver Art Gallery with the lively "Carnival Band".
1:00 pm - Arrive at Vancouver Art Gallery-Georgia Street side: Speeches by Judith Sayers (former Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation), Ken Wu (Ancient Forest Alliance Co-founder), Jens Wieting (Sierra Club of BC Forest Campaigner), and Stephanie Goodwin (Greenpeace)!
- Hollywood spin for old-growth forest
The Avatar Grove -- a stunning stand of old-growth trees on Vancouver Island -- is slated for destruction but local "Na'vis" hope to save it.
In reference to the James Cameron blockbuster film Avatar, the Ancient Forest Alliance will dress in blue like the indigenous Na'vis in the movie, at a demonstration Saturday in Vancouver.
- “Canada’s Gnarliest Tree” Discovered in the Endangered “Avatar Grove” of Enormous Old-Growth Trees on Vancouver Island, Canada
A new Canadian environmental organization, the Ancient Forest Alliance (www.ancientforestalliance.org), is claiming to have found what may be the “gnarliest tree in Canada” in the endangered “Avatar Grove” on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
- Vancouver Island’s own Avatar world under threat
Get ready to visit the world of Avatar — for real.
On Sunday, March 28, the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is taking volunteers, community members, media and anyone interested to visit Vancouver Island’s own “Avatar Grove,” a special old-growth forest located near Port Renfrew.
- Deformed cedar puts new face on old-growth protection on Vancouver Island
Gnarly, dude. Environmentalists are exploiting a grotesquely shaped western red cedar to highlight the need to protect a grove of old-growth trees near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.
- Island’s own Avatar world under threat
Get ready to visit the world of Avatar — for real.
On Sunday, March 28, the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is taking volunteers, community members, media and anyone interested to visit Vancouver Island’s own “Avatar Grove,” a special old-growth forest located near Port Renfrew.
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- Alliance Protects Ancient Forests
- Teetering on the brink of extinction
A March gale hissed through the treetops, spinning sudden flurries of an early spring snow into the canopy 10 storeys above our heads.
The wind sounded like surf on a distant beach but down on the mossy forest floor of what the province's forestry maps officially designate as DL33, the world was as still as a cemetery.
- Threatened B.C. forest dubbed the “Avatar Grove”
Its storytelling may have left the critics—and the Academy—cold. But there’s no denying James Cameron’s digital extravaganza Avatar has inspired tree-huggers the world round, rooted as it is on themes of conserving ancient ecosystems in all their majesty.
- Pandora fans feeling blue over the Earth
What’s 12 feet tall and blue all over?
If you’ve seen the movie Avatar — and who hasn’t? — you’ll know the answer to that question is the Na’vi, the incredibly cool, nearly naked aliens with cornrows and braids who live on the incredibly cool, beautiful planet known as Pandora, all threatened by the techno-military-industrial (and little) bad guys from Earth, who lust for a metaphorical mineral called “unobtanium.”
That’s us, folks.
- Old-growth logging blamed for Island wasteland
A patch of the Tahsish River Valley on western Vancouver Island is the new poster child for the ecological impact of old-growth logging — this time on limestone karst, perhaps the world’s most fragile landscape.
- Koksilah River Old-Growth In Jeopardy
The Cowichan Valley Regional District will write to provincial Forests Minister Pat Bell and TimberWest, asking that any timber harvesting within the vicinity of the Koksilah Ancient Forest and the upper Koksilah River corridor be held in abeyance while consideration be given to other potential interests in these lands.
- Ken Wu Wants to Save 'the Avatar Grove'
Ken Wu knows how to get attention for ancient forests.
When we met at the Bread Garden Café on Broadway in Vancouver just after the news broke a few weeks ago that he and several other tree-hugging stalwarts from Vancouver Island had splintered from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee to form the Ancient Forest Alliance, the former Victoria campaign director for WCWC mentioned how much he enjoyed the movie Avatar.
- No logging plans near giant fir: TimberWest
Flagging tape in the immediate vicinity of the world's largest Douglas fir does not mean the area will be logged in the near future, according to forest company TimberWest.
The marked cutblock, less than 100 metres from the Red Creek Fir, was found by members of the Ancient Forest Alliance who say that if surrounding trees are cut, the 74-metre tall tree will be in danger of blow-down.
- Protect old grove before it's too late
The provincial government should not let the mostly undisturbed grove in the Gordon River Valley, nicknamed Avatar Grove, be logged. It is a gem of an ecosystem and with so little of our old-growth forests left, it is not something we can afford to lose. With its proximity to Port Renfrew, it will be very beneficial for bringing in tourists, which will support local economies.
- World’s Largest Douglas fir Threatened by Proposed Logging in Adjacent Old-Growth Forest
A new proposed logging cutblock near the world’s largest Douglas fir tree, the Red Creek Fir, has been identified as that of TimberWest, a BC-based logging company. The Red Creek Fir, located 15 kilometers east of Port Renfrew, is recognized as the largest Douglas Fir Tree on Earth, with enough wood to make 349 telephone poles (ie. 349 cubic meters in total timber volume – see http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hre/bigtrees/docs/BigTreeRegistry.pdf). It is 73.8 meters in height and has a trunk 4.2 meters wide (Diameter-at-Breast-Height or DBH).
- World’s Largest Douglas Fir Under Threat
The world’s largest Douglas fir tree, the famous Red Creek Fir tree, located in Port Renfrew at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, remains vulnerable to the effects of logging in an adjacent old-growth forest, claim environmentalists.
- Old-growth forests could bring tourists
Becoming a field of giant stumps continues to be the fate of many of our last stands of giant trees in southern B.C. and shows a lack of understanding of what draws many people to the best place on Earth.
- The Avatar blues
When you stop and think about it, post-Avatar depression isn't as bizarre a phenomenon as it seems. If news reports and postings on fansites such as Naviblue and Avatar Forums are to be believed, many filmgoers are feeling as blue as those tall, peace-loving Na'vi aliens after watching James Cameron's stunning 3-D sci-fi epic.
- World's largest Douglas fir at risk, fearful environmentalists charge
The world's largest Douglas fir could be at risk, say Vancouver Island environmentalists.
- A Channel News - Giant Fir Threatened
Conservationists say the BC government is putting the future of the World's tallest Douglas fir tree in jeopardy.
- Largest Douglas fir in the world at risk say environmentalists
New logging tape marks an area about 50 metres away from the largest Douglas fir in the world in the Red Creek area east of Port Renfrew.
- Rare stand of old-growth trees near Port Renfrew only partly protected says eco-group
Logging is already prohibited in part of a stand of massive old-growth trees near Port Renfrew that the community and environmentalists want protected, but it's not nearly enough, say members of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
A section of the stand, nicknamed Avatar Grove, is in an old-growth management area, meaning no cutting is allowed, Forests Ministry spokeswoman Vivian Thomas said yesterday.
- James Cameron: Fox didn't want Avatar's 'treehugging crap'
Filmmaker James Cameron has spoken before about how his Avatar is a cautionary environmental tale. In a MTV interview this week, he says Fox wanted to remove its "treehugging crap," but environmentalists now want to create a curriculum based on it.
- British Columbia: Clearcutting the "Avatar Forest"
An exceptionally spectacular and accessible stand of newly discovered old growth redcedars and Douglas firs near Port Renfrew has recently been marked for logging. The unprotected forest on Crown lands about 10 kilometers north of Port Renfrew, nicknamed the “Avatar Grove” after the hit movie for its awe-inspiring beauty and alien-shaped, enormous trees covered in burls, was discovered in early December last year by Vancouver Island photographer and “big tree hunter” TJ Watt and a friend.
- Environmental group: Protect rare forest giants marked for logging near Port Renfrew
Some of the giants stretch straight to the sky for 80 metres, while others are bulbous and misshapen, the knots and gnarls betraying their age. The old-growth Douglas firs and red cedars have stood in the valley beside the Gordon River for centuries, but now, in the almost undisturbed grove, the end is spelled out in spray paint and logging tape.
- Exceptional Old-Growth Stand, the “Avatar Grove” Slated for Destruction
An exceptionally spectacular and accessible stand of newly discovered old growth redcedars and Douglas firs near Port Renfrew has recently been marked for logging.
- Environmental Organization Establishes 3 Step Program to Cure “Post-Avatar Depression Syndrome”
A Canadian environmental organization has established a 3 Step Program designed to cure thousands of movie-goers who complain about sinking into a depression in their drab, Earthly lives after watching scenes of spectacular alien rainforests and wildlife in James Cameron’s hugely popular film, “Avatar”.
- Ancient Forest Alliance - Launch Event!
Enough is Enough! Saving our Last Ancient Forests and Ending Raw Log Exports - Find out about the new organization and its campaign!
- TJ Watt Exclusive Interview Canadian Landscape Environmental Photographer
TJ Watt is a professional photographer living in the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC. Born and raised in the rural town of Metchosin, he carries with him a strong passion for the outdoors, the environment, and life itself.
- Old Forests, New Twist
Tis the season, it would seem, for turmoil in the environmental movement. With run-of-the-river power projects testing the solidarity of green-minded British Columbians, and last summer’s high-profile battle for the leadership of The Land Conservancy, we now have the Western Canada Wilderness Committee announcing the closure of its Victoria storefront and shifting the focus of its Island campaigner to marine issues from old-growth forest protection.
- Island forest group strikes out on its own
Veteran activists with the Victoria branch of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee are splitting from the group's Vancouver headquarters and forming a new organization dedicated to fighting for old-growth forests.
- Old-growth forest activists launch new group
Prolific environmental activists have formed a fledgling old-growth forest watchdog group after parting ways with the Western Canada Wilderness Committee.
- Local Environmental Activist Takes New Role in Protecting Old Growth Forests
Ken Wu --- The former campaign director for the Western Canada Wilderness Committee --- and the new head of the Ancient Forest Alliance says there are a million hectares of unprotected old growth forests at risk on BC's south coast.
- Wu in the Wild
When last we heard from Ken Wu, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee's Victoria campaign director had announced he would be stepping aside to travel the world. But those plans have been put on hold, with Mr. Wu launching a new environmental group in response to a wilderness committee decision he says will downsize the campaign against old growth logging on Vancouver Island.
- New BC Organization "Ancient Forest Alliance" Launched to Protect BC's Old-Growth Forests and Forestry Jobs
A new organization working to protect BC's old-growth forests and forestry jobs, the "Ancient Forest Alliance" (AFA), is being launched today by Victoria environmentalist and former Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) campaign director Ken Wu, former WCWC forest and marine campaigner Tara Sawatsky, and Metchosin photographer TJ Watt.
- VOTE for the ANCIENT FOREST ALLIANCE in the Phillips Benefit Brew contest!
TODAY is the LAST DAY to VOTE for the ANCIENT FOREST ALLIANCE to receive up to $10,000 from local Victoria beer company Phillips Beer. $10,000 would be a HUGE sum for us - worth about 25% of our entire funding so far this year!
- The Victoria Naturalist - “Canada’s Mossiest Rainforest” Found on Vancouver Island
Within the “Mossy Maple Rainforest” are two different old-growth stands several hundred meters apart, surrounded by second-growth maples, Red Alders and conifers. These are the "Mossy Maple Grove" and the "Mossy Maple Gallery".
- Permission to build Avatar Grove boardwalk requested by the Ancient Forest Alliance from the BC Ministry of Forests
Yesterday the Ancient Forest Alliance submitted a request to BC’s Ministry of Forests to build an official trail and boardwalk in the famed “Avatar Grove,” a monumental stand of old-growth redcedars and Douglas-firs that was recently protected near the town of Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.
- Today's CHEK TV news clip on the battle to stop Island Timberlands from logging the mountainside above Cathedral Grove!
- NOW HIRING: Victoria and Vancouver Canvassers!
The Ancient Forest Alliance is hiring door canvassers for part-time or full-time work (Mon to Fri, 5-9:30pm) in Victoria and Vancouver. If you're seeking flexible work this fall, including as a returning student, apply to join a team of environmentally-conscious people to help raise funds and environmental awareness about BC’s endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs!
To apply in Victoria, contact Amanda Evans and Jackie Korn at: email@example.com
To apply in Vancouver, contact Kevin Wilson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- BC Liberal Government Revives Proposed “Forest Giveaway Scheme” for Major Logging Companies on Public Forest Lands
Revived proposal would entrench the status quo of unsustainable overcutting by granting exclusive logging rights to major timber companies over vast areas of public forest lands by expanding Tree Farm Licences.
- BC Liberal Government Revives Proposed “Forest Giveaway Scheme” for Major Logging Companies on Public Forest Lands
Revived proposal would entrench the status quo of unsustainable overcutting by granting exclusive logging rights to major timber companies over vast areas of public forest lands by expanding Tree Farm Licences.
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