A giant redcedar tree on Flores Island. Ahousaht Hereditary Representative Tyson Atleo stands at its base.

Times Colonist: Photo of old-growth cedar tree on Flores Island wins international award

An image of a massive western red cedar towering over an Ahousaht hereditary leader has won an award in the Royal Geographical Society’s Earth Photo 2024 competition. Titled Flores Island Cedar, the photo shows Tyson Atleo standing at the base of a western red cedar that’s estimated to be more than 1,000 years old.

The Independent: Rare tree hunter in Canada finds ‘freak of nature’ 1,000-year-old cedar

An explorer who focuses on location and preserving old-growth trees has encountered what is one of the oldest old-growth trees ever documented in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

The Washington Post: ‘Freak of nature’ tree is the find of a lifetime for forest explorer

TJ Watt has spent half his life as a forest explorer, a self-described “tree hunter” in British Columbia. He wades deep into endangered forests to find pristine towering trees that are hundreds of years old and massively wide but have never been photographed or documented.

Massive red cedar resembling rock wall discovered in Ahousaht territory

Giving the illusion of a rock wall, a massive western red cedar tree in Ahousaht territory near Tofino in Clayoquot Sound has been named one of Canada’s most impressive trees by conservationists on Vancouver Island.

1,000 year old tree found on Flores Island to be protected

Nearly two decades into his hunt for B.C.’s biggest trees, it takes a lot to blow away Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner and National Geographic explorer TJ Watt. A tree on Flores Island has done just that.

BC big tree hunter documents grandest old-growth tree he’s ever seen

TJ Watt says Western red cedar near Tofino is a 46-metre-tall leviathan of a biodiverse ecosystem.

See VIDEO of Canada’s Most Impressive Tree!

This is huge — literally! We’re thrilled to share a video of what may very well be Canada's most impressive tree.

Old-growth logging in 2017 - Edinburgh Mt

VIDEO: What Will it Take to Save BC’s Old-Growth Forests?

This film is the final in our series commemorating the 25-year anniversary of the Clayoquot Sound protests and presents an overview of the key issues relating to BC's old-growth forests and the solutions urgently needed to protect them. These solutions, including science-based old-growth protection legislation; policies that ensure sustainable, value-added second-growth forestry; and support for First Nations’ sustainable economic diversification, are entirely possible, but require political will from the NDP government and support from British Columbians from all walks of life.

VIDEO: Clayoquot Tribal Parks and First Nations Old-Growth Protection

Watch this important video about the inspiring, cutting-edge, First Nations-led efforts of the Tla-o-qui-aht, Ahousaht, and Hupacasath people to protect Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests. While the BC government has yet to officially recognize and support these Nations' initiatives, there is hope - with your support for Indigenous conservation efforts.

Valerie Langer

VIDEO: History of the 1993 Clayoquot Sound Logging Protests

Twenty-five years ago, more than 12,000 people participated in what become known as the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history: the Clayoquot Sound protests. While this story is legendary, not everyone knows that Clayoquot Sound is not saved and that the large-scale logging of old-growth forests continues across most of BC. Meanwhile, raw log exports undermine BC forestry employment opportunities. Watch this video clip about the protests by film-maker Darryl Augustine to learn more.