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
Media Release: Conservationists Disappointed the BC NDP's Budget Fails to Allocate Land Acquisition Funding for Endangered Ecosystems and Old-Growth Forests
Ancient Forest Alliance, February 20, 2018
Check out our media release in response to today's BC Budget announcement, regarding the lack of funding for a provincial land acquisition fund to purchase and protect endangered old-growth forests and ecosystems on private lands.
Despite repeated requests from conservation groups and thousands of concerned citizens, the NDP government has yet to prioritize the urgent need for a dedicated fund to purchase private lands of high conservation and recreational value and add them to the province's protected area system.
Forestry Union President Calls on NDP to Protect BC Forests & Forestry Jobs
Arnie Bercov, January 28, 2018
Check out this opinion piece by Arnie Bercov, the president of the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), which represents thousands of forestry workers across BC. The PPWC has joined in calling on the NDP government to start implementing major policy shifts to end raw log exports, incentivize the development of new second-growth mills and value-added facilities, protect old-growth forests, and support First Nations' land use planning and sustainable economic development
NOW HIRING: Vancouver Canvass Director
Ancient Forest Alliance, January 23, 2018
Are you passionate about protecting BC’s endangered old-growth forests? Do you enjoy self-directed work and flexible hours?
The Ancient Forest Alliance is seeking a full-time Canvass Director to drive the AFA’s fundraising and awareness raising efforts in the Lower Mainland and manage a stellar team of door-to-door canvassers!
Tall trees draw renowned artist to Saanich
UVic prof focuses on Avatar Grove for IMAX’s 50th anniversary
Saanich News - Travis Paterson, January 13, 2018
Check out this Saanich News article about artist and UVic visual arts associate professor, Kelly Richardson. Known for hyper-real digital films, Richardson is one of five artists commissioned to produce a large-format digital film short for the 50th anniversary of the invention of IMAX. Her work will feature and bring attention to the plight of Vancouver Island's endangered old-growth forests.
Capturing the art of nature and change
Times Colonist - Jeff Bell, January 14, 2018
Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests have inspired acclaimed digital artist Kelly Richardson to move to Victoria, to be closer to the inspiration the ancient stands of trees provide.
In particular, she has had her eye on Port Renfrew — dubbed the “tall-tree capital” of Canada — and is featuring it in a digital-art creation that will be shown at Imax theatres as part of a film series. The series will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Imax’s invention.
New Visual Arts Professor Creates Avatar Grove Film Project
John Threlfall, January 10, 2018
Internationally acclaimed artist Kelly Richardson, a new professor in UVic’s Department of Visual Arts, is bringing the old-growth forests near Port Renfrew sharply into focus with a new digital art project.
Created with the participation of the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), Richardson's large-format film will be shot in July at Port Renfrew’s Avatar Grove (a popular nickname for its Nuu-cha-nulth Pacheedaht name of T'l'oqwxwat) by Christian Kroitor, the grandson of IMAX inventor Roman Kroitor, and released on IMAX screens across Canada next year.
Port Renfrew’s Avatar Grove featured in national IMAX series
Sooke News Mirror - Dawn Gibson, January 11, 2018
Check out this article in the Sooke News Mirror about internationally recognized artist Kelly Richardson, who plans to showcase Port Renfrew’s old growth forests in her upcoming digital art installation series, which will be projected on IMAX screens across the country in 2019.
“My upcoming projects will feature the old-growth forests in this region, and I hope I can contribute to efforts to raise awareness about their outstanding beauty and the plight to protect what remains," says Richardson. The AFA hopes all the attention being drawn to forests like Avatar Grove, will help catapult the campaign to convince the B.C. provincial government to protect old-growth forests in our region.
Victoria artist to showcase Port Renfrew old growth forests in IMAX project
CHEK News - Luisa Alvarez, January 9, 2018
WATCH: Vancouver Island’s endangered old-growth forests in Port Renfrew have captured the attention of an internationally acclaimed artist. The giant ancient trees will be featured in an upcoming digital art installation that will be projected on IMAX screens across the country.
ACTION ALERT: Support Expanded Protection of the Endangered Coastal Douglas-Fir ecosystem in British Columbia!
Ancient Forest Alliance, January 9, 2018
The BC government is seeking YOUR INPUT on their proposal to increase the amount of Coastal Douglas-Fir ecosystem protected on public (Crown) lands on Vancouver Island’s southeast coast and in the southern Gulf Islands.
The Coastal Douglas-Fir (CDF) ecosystem is home to the highest number of species at risk in BC and, with less than four percent of the region’s ecosystems currently protected by the province, the proposed protection measures are greatly needed. But by themselves, they're not sufficient to halt the loss of biodiversity from the region.
Please take just a couple minutes to WRITE to the BC government, telling them you support their proposal to expand protections in the endangered Coastal Douglas-Fir ecosystem on Vancouver Island and in the Gulf Islands!
Media Release - Internationally-acclaimed artist Kelly Richardson moves to Victoria, turns attention to “Tall Trees Capital” of Canada - Port Renfrew
Ancient Forest Alliance, January 9, 2018
Vancouver Island’s famed old-growth forests near Port Renfrew - known as Canada’s “Tall Trees Capital” - have attracted the attention of internationally acclaimed artist Kelly Richardson, who will feature these ancient forests in an upcoming digital art installation to be projected on IMAX screens across the country as part of an upcoming large-format film series.