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: The WestShore Chamber of Commerce Supports Port Renfrew’s Call for the Protection of the Central Walbran Valley's Old-Growth Forest
Ancient Forest Alliance, May 19, 2016
Conservationists are delighted that the WestShore Chamber of Commerce, representing almost 400 businesses in the western suburbs of Victoria has issued a letter in support of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce’s request to the province of British Columbia that it protect the Central Walbran Valley from old-growth logging.
Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in
The Guardian - Arthur Neslen, May 18, 2016
Europe's last major old-growth forest, the famous Bialowieza old-growth forest in eastern Poland, home to the European bison, is imminently threatened with commercial logging.
Thank You to our Supporters for April's Benefit Events!
Ancient Forest Alliance, May 18, 2016
THANK YOU for the many events organized for Earth Day and throughout April that supported the AFA in raising funds and awareness! Thanks to ROOT Victoria organized by Frances Lindner, Creatively United for the Planet organized by Frances Litman, Love the Earth with Sitka, Earth Day with Patagonia Vancouver, Vancouver Earth Day Parade & Celebration organized by Youth for Climate Justice Now, and All Beings Confluence hosted by Clare Attwell at Cadboro Bay United Church and co-founder Martha Cole. We are also incredibly grateful for the Vancouver screening of Hadwin's Judgement, an amazing documentary based on the book The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant, organized as a benefit for the AFA and attended by 400 people! Huge thanks to Ariane Tisseur who organized this momentous event, Elizabeth Yake (producer) and Doug Chapman (lead actor) for supporting the event and attending as special guests, Angelina Thielmann for emceeing, the Rio Theatre, the raffle donors, and all who attended.
We are so grateful to all the passionate, dedicated organizers who are working to amplify efforts to protect BC's endangered ancient forests!
WestShore Chamber of Commerce joins call for protection of Central Walbran Valley
Ancient Forest Alliance, May 12, 2016
Great News! The WestShore Chamber of Commerce representing almost 400 businesses in the western communites of Victoria in Langford, Colwood, Metchosin, View Royal, and Highlands, has joined the Port Renfrew and Sooke Chambers of Commerce calling on the provincial government to protect the old-growth forests of the endangered Central Walbran Valley for tourism. See their letter here: http://westshore.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Signed-statement-re-Walbran-Valley.pdf
'Tree Huggers' Documentary
Ancient Forest Alliance, May 12, 2016
Here's a new documentary by Capilano College film student Jordie Yeager, with the help of her fellow students, on the battle for Vancouver Island's old-growth forests, with a focus on the endangered Central Walbran Valley! See here: https://vimeo.com/164476946
A crisis in Island's old-growth forests
Saanich News - Andrew Weaver, May 3, 2016
Here's a letter from Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA and Green leader Andrew Weaver about the need for the province to support a science-based plan to protect the endangered old-growth forests of BC.
AFA's Ken Wu Awarded for Old-Growth Activism!
Ancient Forest Alliance, April 29, 2016
On April 28th the Vancouver Natural History Society (Nature Vancouver) awarded the Ancient Forest Alliance's executive director Ken Wu for his years of old-growth forest activism. Past recipients of the Frank Sanford Award for Community Service include the late mountaineer and conservationist John Clarke, journalist Larry Pynn, and outdoor writer Jack Christie. Amazingly, the organization is 98 years old, dating back to 1918! They far predate the modern environmental movement, and many of the members are "ecologist elders" with tremendous knowledge and insight on a vast array of natural history subjects. Board members Daphne Nagorsen and David Cook presented the award to Ken.
Hadwin's Judgement Benefit for the AFA - THANK YOU to all who participated!
Ancient Forest Alliance, April 27, 2016
400 people came out last Tuesday night (April 26) in Vancouver to the screening of Hadwin's Judgement, an amazing documentary based on the book The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant, a benefit event for the Ancient Forest Alliance. THANKS to Ariane Tisseur who organized this momentous event, for Elizabeth Yake (producer) and Doug Chapman (main actor) for supporting the event, for Angelina Thielmann for emceeing, to the Rio Theatre, to the raffle sponsors, to all the volunteers, and to the 400 people who came!
VANCOUVER: Hadwin’s Judgement – Film Screening Fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance! (April 26)
Benefit showing of award-winning film inspired by John Vaillant’s renowned book 'The Golden Spruce'– proceeds to the AFA
Ancient Forest Alliance, March 26, 2016
Tuesday April 26, 6:30pm (doors 6pm)
Rio Theatre, Vancouver (1660 E Broadway, at Commercial Drive - see MAP)
Tickets $15 – purchase online HERE or at the door (**note: 19+ event)
Join us for a fundraiser screening of the award-winning film Hadwin’s Judgement, inspired by John Vaillant’s renowned book The Golden Spruce. The evening will also feature a slideshow presentation by the AFA about the state of BC's old-growth forests, a Q&A session with Elizabeth Yake (producer), Doug Chapman (lead actor – TBC), Ken Wu & TJ Watt (AFA), a raffle prize draw, and a drink bar! Proceeds go to support the Ancient Forest Alliance. See details HERE and buy tickets HERE. For more info, contact organizer Ariane Tisseur at email@example.com
VICTORIA: 'Love the Earth with Sitka' (April 22)
Sitka store in Victoria is raising funds for the AFA's Avatar Grove boardwalk project - please come out!
Ancient Forest Alliance, April 20, 2016
The Sitka Society for Conservation (SSC), the environmental fund of Sitka, Victoria's clothing and surf store, is raising funds for building materials and supplies for the Ancient Forest Alliance. The Ancient Forest Alliance is building a boardwalk in the Avatar Grove, Port Renfrew, to protect the old growth forest's understory, enhance visitor safety, and support eco-tourism. Please come out to these events on Earth Day at Sitka's downtown Victoria store location to help them raise the needed funds for the Ancient Forest Alliance!
When: Friday, April 22
Where: Sitka store (1219 Government St – see map), downtown Victoria
Morning Yoga at Sitka from 8-9am with Katie Thacker
A playful vinyasa practice to wake up and celebrate our beautiful planet. Tickets are $10 dollars with all the proceeds going to the Sitka Society for Conservation (SSC) initiative, Ancient Forest Alliance Pathway to Preservation.
20% for the Trees
On Earth Day (April 22nd) Sitka is going to contribute 20% of each sale to the SSC and the Ancient Forest Alliance Pathway to Preservation initiative. Your purchase can make a big difference!