Funding for Old-Growth Arrives in BC Budget, Falls Short of What’s Needed

Conservationists argue more support is necessary for First Nations communities to ensure most at-risk ancient forests can remain standing.

Municipal leaders in BC call on provincial government to commit funding for old-growth protection in Budget 2022

A letter signed by 25 municipal leaders from 14 BC communities is urging the province to follow through on its promises to protect at-risk old-growth forests, including by allocating significant funding in the upcoming provincial budget, set to be released February 22nd.

Conservationists Applaud Tourism Industry Association of BC for Joining the Call to Protect Old-Growth Forests

Conservationists with the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) are celebrating that the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) has joined the call on the BC government to protect endangered old-growth forests and enable the shift to a sustainable, second-growth forest industry.

Environmentalists, Green Party MLA, and prominent forest ecologist make holiday-themed appeal for provincial old-growth funding

Pressure on the BC provincial government to back their old-growth forest protection commitments with funding is growing with First Nations leaders, scientists, and Green Party representatives joining environmentalists to demand significant funding for old-growth protection in the 2022 provincial budget.

West coast old-growth forests recommended for deferral in Vancouver Island’s Barkley Sound at risk of logging.

A total of 33 logging cutblocks in old-growth forests with ancient trees up to 12 feet (3m) in diameter have been approved for logging by the BC government in Vernon Bay, some overlapping with the newly recommended deferrals. Conservation funding is urgently needed for communities to make deferrals possible.

Province uses best available science to identify and partially defer logging of at-risk old-growth, critical funding measures still missing

  VICTORIA (Unceded Lekwungen Territories) – Conservationists with the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) commend a BC government announcement made today releasing independent scientific mapping of BC’s endangered old-growth forests, and in principle accepting recommendations to defer logging in 2.6 million hectares of at-risk old-growth forests. The province has also immediately deferred all future BC Timber […]

AFA Photographer TJ Watt receives Trebek Initiative grant and named National Geographic Explorer and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer

  VICTORIA (Lekwungen Territories) – The Ancient Forest Alliance’s co-founder and photographer working to protect old-growth forests has been awarded significant support and recognition by receiving a Trebek Initiative grant, naming him a National Geographic Explorer and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer. “I’m honoured and grateful to have been selected as one of the first […]

NGO report card: One year after BC promised action, logging continues in almost all at-risk old-growth forests

One year after the B.C. government shared its Old-Growth Strategic Review (OGSR) report and Premier John Horgan committed to implementing all of the panel’s recommendations, Ancient Forest Alliance, Sierra Club BC and Wilderness Committee have released a report card assessing the province’s progress on their promise to protect old-growth forests.  

“Sustainable” forestry claims are false and misleading: citizen complaint

As forestry companies continue to log endangered old-growth forests in British Columbia, six Canadians today requested the federal Competition Bureau to investigate the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for promoting its forestry certification standard as an assurance of sustainability.

New study reveals old-growth forests are worth more to BC economy standing than logged

BC’s old-growth forests contribute far more economic benefit to society when kept standing, according to a new independent study released today by the Ancient Forest Alliance.