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: Logging Battle Looms as New Road is Pushed into one of Greater Vancouver’s last Lowland Old-Growth Forests - Echo Lake east of Mission
Ancient Forest Alliance
For Immediate Release, April 27, 2017
Conservationists and local landowners are reacting with alarm as a new logging road by C&H Forest Products has progressed over a kilometer into the contentious old-growth and second-growth forests north of Echo Lake as a precursor to logging three planned cutblocks there.
Echo Lake includes some of the last unprotected lowland old-growth forests in the Lower Mainland. It is renowned as the world’s largest night-roosting site for bald eagles, with hundreds of eagles roosting in the old-growth trees around the lake on some nights during the fall salmon run, and is home to much wildlife and several species at risk. The area is also part of a Community Drinking Watershed for local residents and is in the traditional, unceded territory of the Sts’ailes First Nation band, who run the Sasquatch EcoLodge and whose members run eagle watching tours nearby.
See a recent drone video taken at Echo Lake: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfLbzncf9Us
And the original campaign video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPstV14oZ6s
Land of the giants: A wet and wild trip to Port Renfrew
Times Colonist - Patricia Coppard, April 22, 2017
Check out this major travel feature in the Times Colonist newspaper about visiting Avatar Grove! The article highlights how the Ancient Forest Alliance's campaign to protect old-growth forests has become a major economic driver for Port Renfrew, which has now billed itself as the Tall Trees Capital of Canada!
See article from Times Colonist: http://www.timescolonist.com/life/travel/land-of-the-giants-a-wet-and-wild-trip-to-port-renfrew-1.16451897
Sustainable Forestry Rally Today in Victoria
Organized by the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC - formerly the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada)
Ancient Forest Alliance , April 12, 2017
TODAY, Wednesday, April 12
Legislative Buildings, Victoria
Avatar Grove Lower Loop Trail Reopened!
Ancient Forest Alliance , March 31, 2017
After second weekend of hard work, the Lower Loop Trail at the Avatar Grove has been reopened! AFA Boardwalk Coordinator TJ Watt and a team of volunteers spent long hours in wet conditions last weekend, clearing huge debris piles and fallen trees from the trail after a storm damaged the area last October. More work still needs to be done to repair the broken boardwalk and add additional sections in areas that were impacted but it is possible to walk the trail again now. Click here to view our photo gallery of the Avatar Grove trail clean-up: http://bit.ly/2mXtMK2
New AFA Photo Gallery Reveals Clearcutting of Rare, Intact Old-Growth in East Creek
Ancient Forest Alliance , March 31, 2017
Check out our Facebook photo gallery revealing the fragmentation of the East Creek Valley, one of the very last intact primary watersheds on Vancouver Island until the BC Liberal government allowed the industrial logging of the upper valley starting in 2002 and then the lower valley in 2015 and on. These photos were captured by AFA photographer TJ Watt in the summer and fall of 2015. http://bit.ly/2mXhKQM
East Creek Investigation Finds Clearcutting Rare Intact Old-Growth on Vancouver Island in Compliance with Laws, Highlighting BC Government Failure to Protect Endangered Rainforest
Sierra Club BC - Jens Wieting, March 30, 2017
Here's a media release from our allies at Sierra Club BC about the brutal fragmentation of the East Creek Valley on far northwestern Vancouver Island on the north side of the Brooks Peninsula in Kwakwaka'wakw Quatsino territory. East Creek was one of the very last intact primary watersheds on Vancouver Island until the BC Liberal government allowed the industrial logging of the upper valley starting in 2002 and then the lower valley in 2015 and on. The valley is home to major runs of spawning salmon, as well as bears, wolves, cougars, elk, deer, and species at risk like the marbled murrelet and northern goshawk. The valley is tattered now like most ancient forests across Vancouver Island but there are still significant tracts of ancient forest there that require protection - and the BC Liberals and NDP both need to be pressured to do so.
See the media release at: http://sierraclub.bc.ca/east-creek-investigation-highlighting-bc-government-failure-to-protect-endangered-rainforest/
April 12: Rally for Sustainable Forestry in Victoria (12 noon, Legislature)
March 21, 2017
Hey Vancouver Island friends! Come join the Ancient Forest Alliance, as we support the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC - formerly the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada) who are organizing a sustainable forestry rally in Victoria on Wednesday, April 12 (Legislature, noon) to protect old-growth forests, ensure a value-added sustainable second-growth forest industry, and to end the export of raw logs from BC! Thanks to PPWC forestry officer Cam Shiell, president Arnold Bercov and their PPWC team for organizing this! See more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/303689276716502/permalink/304594236626006/
VIDEO: New report says raw logs exports at record levels
CHEK TV - Kendall Hanson , February 27, 2017
CHEK TV news piece - Raw log exports reach record levels (includes video footage by the Ancient Forest Alliance's TJ Watt)
Old Growth Forests - Logging Versus Tourism on Vancouver Island
Municipal World Magazine - Rick Searle, February 28, 2017
Here is an article in Municipal World magazine detailing the expansion of mainstream support in BC to end the logging of endangered old-growth forests.
Conservationists applaud Old-Growth Protection Resolution by major BC forestry union
Media Release, March 1, 2017
Victoria - Conservationists with the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) are applauding today’s resolution by the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), representing thousands of forestry workers across BC, calling on the BC government to protect Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests, while ensuring a sustainable, value-added second-growth forest industry, an end to raw log exports, and support for First Nations community development. The major forestry union joins thousands of businesses (BC Chamber of Commerce), mayors and city councils (Union of BC Municipalities), First Nations, and conservation groups across BC in calling on the provincial government to increase protection for BC’s endangered old-growth forests.
See the resolution at: www.ppwc.ca/ppwc-statement-old-growth-logging-vancouver-island/