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
“Big Lonely Doug” Officially Measured and Confirmed as Canada’s 2nd Largest Douglas-fir Tree
Conservationists are calling for provincial legislation to protect BC’s biggest trees, monumental groves, and endangered old-growth forests.
Media Release: Ancient Forest Alliance, April 24, 2014
“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..
First Tribal Park in BC/Indigenous Relations, Meares Island, Turns 30 Years Old and is Expanded
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Tribal Parks continue to inspire aboriginal communities across BC and the world
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, April 21, 2014
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.”
Tla-o-qui-aht, Tofino Celebrate Tribal park Declaration
Ha-Shilth-Sa - Shayne Morrow, April 22, 2014
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 Conservation Vision: Conservationists Propose Expanded Protection around World-Famous Cathedral Grove as Island Timberlands Poised to Log Mountainside Above Park
Media Release: Ancient Forest Alliance, April 22, 2014
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.
Earth Day Inspires Environmental Actions Around the World
Thousands of Earth Day actions today brought people together to plant trees and preserve forests, create cleaner, greener cities and safeguard wildlife.
Environment News Service, April 22, 2014
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
April 20, 2014
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
Prince George Citizen - Arthur Williams, April 14, 2014
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
250 News - Peter Ewart, April 3, 2014
"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
Media Release: Ancient Forest Alliance, April 2, 2014
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. announces plans to revamp its timber supply system for forestry firms
The Province, April 1, 2014
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.