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
Major Environmental, Labour, and Community Organizations call on Island Timberlands and the BC Government to Halt the Destruction of one of BC’s Finest Old-Growth Forests at McLaughlin Ridge
Ancient Forest Alliance Media Release, July 21, 2014
Diverse organizations, including a major forestry workers union, BC’s largest environmental organizations, and community organizations, have signed a statement calling on Island Timberlands to immediately cease and desist from logging the endangered old-growth forests of McLaughlin Ridge, one Canada’s most ecologically significant old-growth forests near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, and for the BC Liberal government show leadership and ensure the forest’s protection – before it’s too late.
To Darshan Sihota, CEO of Island Timberlands, and Steve Thomson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations:
July 21, 2014
We, the undersigned organizations, are greatly concerned about the rapid logging by Island Timberlands of McLaughlin Ridge near Port Alberni. We urge both the BC government and Island Timberlands to ensure that this critical area and the remaining old growth forests on Vancouver Island in similar situations are not logged.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Avatar Grove Boardwalk Construction Weekends
July 18, 2014
The Ancient Forest Alliance is looking for dedicated, considerate, and capable volunteers to help construct the Avatar Grove boardwalk this summer on the weekends of July 26/27 & August 23/24 in Port Renfrew, BC.
Island Timberlands logs old-growth forests near Port Alberni
Vancouver Observer - Jenny Uechi, July 16, 2014
Conservationists expressed alarm over a logging company's logging of rare old-growth Douglas Fir trees near Port Alberni. Island Timberlands had reportedly logged a hundred-metre wide section of old-growth trees in the previously intact part of McLaughlin Ridge's forest. The Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance and Ancient Forest Alliance have urged the BC government -- which deregulated the land in 2004 -- to work toward conservation of McLaughlin Ridge and other endangered old-growth forests jeopardized by Island Timberlands.
Island Timberlands Rips into the Heart of one of British Columbia’s Finest Old-Growth Forests
Ancient Forest Alliance Media Release, July 16, 2014
Conservationists are raising the alarm as Island Timberlands has rapidly undertaken a road-building and logging spree into the heart of one of BC’s most ecologically significant old-growth forests at McLaughlin Ridge near Port Alberni. Last week conservationists were greatly dismayed to discover that the company had logged a couple hundred meter wide swath of old-growth trees, traversing almost the entire span of the previously intact section of McLaughlin Ridge’s old-growth forest.
2014 Avatar Grove Boardwalk Completion Project - Help us raise $12,000!
June 19, 2014
Last year, the AFA began construction of a new boardwalk to help protect the area’s delicate understory and tree roots from excessive trampling, to improve visitor access and safety, and to support local eco-tourism. About half of the necessary boardwalk is now complete, but more still needs to be built. This includes sections of the spectacular new loop trail in the Lower Grove, some bridges, as well as the steep slippery path up to “Canada’s Gnarliest Tree”.
Avatar Grove Boardwalk – Let’s Get it Done! Special Event and Fundraiser Monday, June 16th
7:30-9:00 pm, Stickleback West Coast Eatery, 5449 Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC.
June 15, 2014
*** If you support the completion of the boardwalk this summer in the legendary Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew, please join the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), local tourism and green businesses, renowned forest ecologist Dr. Andy MacKinnon, and other supporters for the “Avatar Grove Boardwalk – Let’s Get it Done! Special Event and Fundraiser” in Sooke. Help us complete this important eco-tourism project this summer!
Big Lonely Doug: Canada's loneliest tree still waiting on help
Globe and Mail - Mark Hume, June 8, 2014
“It was odd to be standing in this giant, record-size tree in the middle of a clear-cut and watching stuff fall not too far away,” he said. Mr. Watt said it was “kind of sad” too, because he suspected there were more trees like Big Lonely Doug that might be stumps by the time his crew finds them. “It shows the need to have legislation in place as quickly as possible to protect remaining old-growth forest so we don’t have to keep coming across these things too late,” said Mr. Watt. Three years ago, the provincial government promised it would bring in regulations to protect the best and biggest groves of B.C.’s dwindling stock of giant old-growth trees. Mr. Watt, Mr. Wu, and Big Lonely Doug are still waiting .
Tree Climbers Scale Canada's 2nd Largest Douglas-Fir
Huffington Post, June 6, 2014
Many of us have climbed a tree or two in our lives, but how many of us can say that tree was as tall as an 18-storey building?
A group of professional tree climbers scaled Canada's second-largest Douglas-fir — fondly referred to as Big Lonely Doug — and there are some amazing photos to prove it.
Climbers from Arboreal Collective partnered with Ancient Forest Alliance, a B.C.-based conservation organization that discovered Big Lonely Doug, to complete the ascension of the tree near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.
Gallery: Tree climbers scale Big Lonely Doug
Conservationists collaborate with professional tree-climbers to raise awareness of the fight to protect British Columbia old-growth forests.
Times Colonist, June 6, 2014