79% of Vancouver Island’s productive old-growth forests, including more than 90% of the valley bottoms where the largest trees grow and richest biodiversity resides, have been logged. Stumps as wide as 16 ft (5 m) in diameter have been found in recent years. The oldest stump to be dated in BC was from a tree 1,835 years old. Now is the time to make the transition to sustainable logging in second-growth forests instead and protect what little remains of these incredible ecosystems.

We encourage you to SPEAK UP for British Columbia’s ancient forests by telling the provincial government to commit funding for old-growth protection. Alternatively, you can sign the PETITION calling for the protection of BC’s old-growth forests and a transition to a sustainable, second-growth forestry industry. Photos by Ancient Forest Alliance photographer TJ Watt.