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
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.
Thank You to All Supporters of the Ancient Forest Alliance!
Ancient Forest Alliance, January 1, 2018
The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) was thrilled to grow our support base in 2017 to include a diversity of local businesses, artists, and organizations. The support and generosity of these businesses and individuals has been fundamental in our work to protect BC's endangered old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable second-growth forest industry. We would like to send a special thank you to everyone who supported our work this past year!
Media Release - Ancient Forest Alliance supports BC government's proposal to expand Coastal Douglas-Fir ecosystem protection
Ancient Forest Alliance, December 23, 2017
The Ancient Forest Alliance commends the BC government and Ministry of Forests on their proposal to increase the amount of Coastal Douglas-Fir ecosystem protected on public (Crown) lands on Vancouver Island’s southeast coast and the southern Gulf Islands.The proposed new protected areas total 1,125 hectares and expand upon a similar process in 2010 that resulted in the issuance of similar land use orders which protected 2,024 hectares of public lands on southeast Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
Forest advocacy group discovers grove of giant Sitka spruce trees on Vancouver Island
Globe and Mail - Xiao Xu, December 18, 2017
Here is a recent Globe and Mail article about the ancient Sitka spruce grove that we located recently near Port Renfrew in Pacheedaht territory. The grove includes a huge, 11 foot wide Sitka spruce that is wider than the 10th widest spruce (the Carmanah Giant) listed on the BC Big Tree Registry.
TimberWest Corp. is quoted, saying they have classified the area for conservation purposes for now within their private lands inventory. This should make it easier at some point for the land to be purchased - ideally by the province - as an ecological reserve or conservancy, as public protection is a far greater guarantee for the area's future security than a voluntary designation under the private ownership of a timber corporation.
Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners found the grove earlier this month and identified it as a significant old-growth site of high conservation value. People would have traversed, lived in, and hunted throughout the area for thousands of years, and early loggers had cut in the vicinity all around the grove a century earlier, but luckily left several relatively limited clusters of giant ancient spruce here.
Towering near-record Sitka spruce located near Port Renfrew
CHEK News - Andy Neal, December 15, 2017
Check out this new article in CHEK News about FernGully Grove: Port Renfrew is billed as Canada’s Tall Tree Capital, and the latest find is helping to enforce the nickname. The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) says they located an 11-foot diameter Sitka spruce tree that is the tenth widest Sitka spruce in Canada, according to the BC Big Tree Registry. AFA says they found the massive tree in one of the last unprotected stands of old-growth Sitka spruce groves on Vancouver Island, nicknamed FernGully Grove, near Port Renfrew.
Massive near-record Sitka spruce tree found on Vancouver Island
Vancouver Sun - Tiffany Crawford, December 16, 2017
Here's a Vancouver Sun article about FernGully Grove - a spectacular grove of giant spruce that we located near Port Renfrew in Pacheedaht territory last week - saying: A forest advocacy group says it has discovered an unprotected old-growth forest that is home to a near-record sized Sitka spruce tree on Vancouver Island. The Ancient Forest Alliance says the 3.3-metre wide tree was found on lands owned by TimberWest Corporation, near the town of Port Renfrew, also known as Canada’s tall tree capital. AFA executive director Ken Wu says the area, which they have nicknamed FernGully Grove, is also home to dozens of one to two metre wide trees, giant sword ferns, and is the habitat for elk, deer, wolves, cougars and black bears. He says the grove “needs to be bought and protected by the province.”
Media Release - Magnificent Old-Growth Forest found on Vancouver Island – 11 foot wide, near-record size Sitka spruce towers in “FernGully Grove”
Ancient Forest Alliance, December 15, 2017
The Ancient Forest Alliance has located one of the finest and last unprotected stands of old-growth Sitka spruce groves on Vancouver Island, located near Port Renfrew. Nicknamed the “FernGully Grove” for its dense and extensive understory of ferns, it is located on lands owned by TimberWest corporation, in the territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation people, and is just a 10 minute drive from the town of Port Renfrew – a town that has been billed as the “Tall Tree Capital of Canada.”