The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA)
is a 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 and is run by BC environmental activists Ken Wu, TJ Watt, Joan Varley, and Hannah Carpendale. more ...
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Recent Ancient Forest News
Thank You to Moksha Yoga Victoria!
September 30, 2014
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)
Huffington Post, September 26, 2014
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!
BC.'s biggest trees can now be found online
Metro News - Neal Hall, September 25, 2014
“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."
Help needed to ID monster trees
24 Hours - Michael Mui, September 25, 2014
"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."
New Photo Galleries of 2014 Avatar Grove Boardwalk Progress!
September 26, 2014
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 done. A big thanks to our volunteers and donors!
Big trees bring out our inner tree hugger
The BC Big Tree Registry, which aims to chronicle B.C.'s most majestic forest giants, has found a new home in the Faculty of Forestry
UBC News, September 24, 2014
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
Global News - Peter Meiszner, September 25, 2014
"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
Times Colonist - Torrance Coste, September 22, 2014
Tsilhqot’in set to declare site of New Prosperity mine a tribal park
Vancouver Sun - Larry Pynn, September 11, 2014
"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."
Great News! BC Government Backs Down from Tree Farm Licence Expansion Plans for Now – THANK YOU for Speaking Up!
September 8, 2014
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