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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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Groups demand protection of Island’s old-growth forests

Groups demand protection of Island’s old-growth forests
Sooke News Mirror - Dawn Gibson, December 2, 2017

Check out this new article in the Sooke News Mirror on BC's old-growth forest policies. BC's Premier John Horgan's quote is significant and provides some hope: "We’ve long agreed with these campaigners more needs to be done to protect the health of our vital forests, which for 16 years were left degraded by the B.C. Liberal government."

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THANK YOU to Everyone Who Helped Make Our Year-End Celebration a Success!

THANK YOU to Everyone Who Helped Make Our Year-End Celebration a Success!
December 1, 2017

The Ancient Forest Alliance would like to send a major THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our Year-End Celebration on November 25th a great success! The night was filled with great energy, socializing, music, food, and dancing. More than 150 people filled the Victoria Event Centre to its capacity. Excitingly, we raised over $5000! A large portion of our proceeds resulted from the silent auction items that were generously donated by a variety of businesses and artists. We would also like Social Coast for helping to organize the event, Oliver Swain for his live performance, and C-Frets, DJ Rich Nines and Taquito Jalepeno for their time donated to the turn-tables. Without the support of everyone involved, we could not have pulled off such an enjoyable and successful evening. Thank you again.

Please click below to view the full list of our business supporters and sponsors. 

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Media Release: “Tall Trees Tourism Corridor” Chambers of Commerce join  Conservationists, Forestry Workers and First Nations at Rally for Old-Growth Forest Protection and Sustainable Forestry Jobs

Media Release: “Tall Trees Tourism Corridor” Chambers of Commerce join Conservationists, Forestry Workers and First Nations at Rally for Old-Growth Forest Protection and Sustainable Forestry Jobs
Ancient Forest Alliance, November 29, 2017

Representatives from the Port Renfrew, Sooke, and Westshore Chambers of Commerce, First Nations, local governments, and environmental groups spoke up at the Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria yesterday, calling on the new provincial government to enact policies to protect BC’s old-growth forests, ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry, and support First Nations land use plans and sustainable economic development.

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New! 2018 Ancient Forest Calendars & Cards, Posters, Stickers, Certificates, and other Merchandise

New! 2018 Ancient Forest Calendars & Cards, Posters, Stickers, Certificates, and other Merchandise
Ancient Forest Alliance, November 16, 2017

Make the Ancient Forest Alliance your holiday-giving priority by picking up some of our beautiful AFA merchandise and/or donating to our historic campaign mobilization. We're proud to present our 2018 calendar and our other products such as cards, stickers, certificates, posters and gift packs which are available for purchase with proceeds going toward protecting BC's endangered old-growth forests and to ensure a sustainable second growth forest industry.

• Order products online HERE
• Donate HERE

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Conservationists thank the Pacheedaht First Nation for extending protection over 18 hectares of “Jurassic Grove” near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island – Stunning Old-Growth Forest getting closer

Conservationists thank the Pacheedaht First Nation for extending protection over 18 hectares of “Jurassic Grove” near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island – Stunning Old-Growth Forest getting closer
Ancient Forest Alliance, November 10, 2017

The Ancient Forest Alliance is thanking the Pacheedaht First Nation band for proposing expanded protection for an 18 hectare portion of the stunning “Jurassic Grove”, a monumental old-growth forest of giant redcedars, Douglas-fir, and Sitka spruce trees located a 90 minute drive west of Victoria between Jordan River and Port Renfrew. The proposed expansion in the new management plan of Tree Farm Licence 61, partly owned by the Pacheedaht band, would protect about 30% of the 61 hectares that are still unprotected in the Jurassic Grove (total grove size is 130 hectares). The spectacular grove stands on Crown lands adjacent to the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, in the unceded traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation. See the original media release about Jurassic Grove, identified earlier this year as an exceptional old-growth grove by the Ancient Forest Alliance at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=1116 and a Times Colonist piece at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/avatar-grove-the-sequel-introducing-jurassic-grove-1.18540489 

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AFA Year-End Celebration & Fundraiser

AFA Year-End Celebration & Fundraiser
Ancient Forest Alliance, November 8, 2017

Join us Saturday, November 25, at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St) for the Ancient Forest Alliance's year-end celebration to honour our 8th year of operation, and the amazing community that has helped us get to where we are today!

Enjoy some appetizers, drinks, and music with AFA volunteers, staff, donors, and supporters! The night will feature a fun and informative slideshow presented by the AFA's Andrea Inness, Ken Wu, and TJ Watt, followed by a meet and greet, silent auction fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and then musical performances from 8:45 pm to 1 am. This is also a great chance to pick up Christmas gifts like our 2018 calendar. Come join us for a beer, relax, and have some fun!

We are also very excited to announce that Oliver Swain will be playing at our event, followed by three local DJs!

See here for a schedule and more information.

  • Tickets are available for the presentation and/or musical performances.
  • Purchase your tickets here. or call 250 896 4007
  • Interested in volunteering? Email Amanda at canvass@ancientforestalliance.org
  • For questions regarding accessibility into the event, please email us at info@ancientforestalliance.org

We look forward to seeing you at the event! 

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Info Night and Rally on Tues, Nov. 28, at Alix Goolden Hall, from 7 - 8:30 pm

Info Night and Rally on Tues, Nov. 28, at Alix Goolden Hall, from 7 - 8:30 pm
Ancient Forest Alliance, November 3, 2017

Time/Date: Tuesday Nov. 28, from 7 - 8:30 pm
Location: Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora Ave)
Free admission

The election of a new NDP government supported by the Greens provides the greatest opportunity in BC's history to protect old-growth forests and end raw log exports.

The AFA's Rally & Info Night for Ancient Forests and BC Forestry Jobs is our chance to let the BC government know we want protection for BC's endangered old-growth forests, support for First Nations land use plans, and a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry. Your participation makes all the difference and will send a strong signal to the government that we want bold action now!

Key Speakers Include:

  • Joe Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht canoe carver and Band Councillor
  • Robert Morales, Chief Treaty Negotiator, Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group
  • Dr. Andy Mackinnon, Metchosin city Councillor and forest ecologist
  • Arnold Bercov, President of the Public and Private Workers of Canada
  • Karl Ablack, Vice President, Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce
  • Josh Schmidt, Director of Development, West Shore Chamber of Commerce
  • Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate Campaigner, Sierra Club BC
  • Dr. Brian White, Tourism Professor and Program Head, Royal Roads University
  • Torrance Coste, Campaigner, Wilderness Committee
  • TJ Watt, Photographer & Campaigner, Ancient Forest Alliance
  • Andrea Inness, Campaigner, Ancient Forest Alliance
  • Ken Wu, Executive Director, Ancient Forest Alliance 

This is our chance to send an unequivocal message to the BC government to protect ancient forests and forestry jobs!

Please join us and spread the word - your attendance at this rally and info night is critical!

For more information, contact us at info@ancientforestalliance.org, call 250.896.4007 or visit our Facebook event page.

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AFA's Ken Wu Interviewed on CBC's BC Almanac During 2017 Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly in Vancouver

AFA's Ken Wu Interviewed on CBC's BC Almanac During 2017 Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly in Vancouver
October 11, 2017

The AFA's Ken Wu was recently interviewed by Gloria Macarenko on CBC's BC Almanac, along with the Forest Stewardship Council's Francois Dufresne, about responsible forest management and the urgent need for the new NDP government to reform BC's forest policies. 

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Ancient Forest Alliance Featured in Vancouver's Chinese-Language Newspaper

Ancient Forest Alliance Featured in Vancouver's Chinese-Language Newspaper
Sing Tao - James Fung, October 11, 2017

The AFA was recently featured in an article in Sing Tao - Vancouver's Chinese-language newspaper - from our press conference Oct 10th with Jens Wieting of Sierra Club BC, Dan Hagar from the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce, and Arnie Bercov from the Public and Private Workers of Canada forestry union.

Our organizations came together to shine a spotlight on BC's forestry industry during the 2017 Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly and the need for changes to protect old-growth forests and forestry jobs.

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Media Release: New BC government must reform forest policies, say environmentalists, businesses, and union

Media Release: New BC government must reform forest policies, say environmentalists, businesses, and union
Ancient Forest Alliance Media Release, October 10, 2017

Today, conservationists with the Ancient Forest Alliance and Sierra Club of BC joined representatives from the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) forestry union and the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce at a press conference to shine a spotlight on needed government policies to protect BC’s old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry, during the 2017 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) General Assembly in Vancouver.

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