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
Tsilhqot’in set to declare site of New Prosperity mine a tribal park
Vancouver Sun - Larry Pynn, September 11, 2014
"A B.C. First Nation is set to declare a vast chunk of the Chilcotin as a tribal park, including the site of the controversial proposed New Prosperity mine at Fish Lake. A formal ceremony unveiling Dasiqox Tribal Park is set for Oct. 4, less than four months after a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling found that the Tsilhqot’in people have title to 1,750 square kilometres of land west of Williams Lake."
Great News! BC Government Backs Down from Tree Farm Licence Expansion Plans for Now – THANK YOU for Speaking Up!
September 8, 2014
Recently, just before the Labour Day weekend, the BC government quickly mentioned that they have no immediate plans to introduce any legislation to expand Tree Farm Licences across British Columbia in 2014 or in the spring. This proposal has been a recurring scheme by the BC Liberal government - proposed before the 2013 BC election and then again this year until now - to give exclusive logging rights to major logging companies on vast areas of BC's public forest lands. Each time, a massive public uproar has played an important role in preventing this "forest giveaway scheme" from being implemented!
THANK YOU to the many thousands of our supporters who formed the numeric bulk of the opposition speaking up against this proposal (see www.BCForestMovement.com), to the many First Nations who voiced their concerns and especially to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation who recently won the land title case in the Supreme Court, which was a fundamental reason for the BC government backing down. We must stay vigilant in case the relentless BC Liberal government tries again to attempt such a plan in the future.
See the article in Clearwater Times: http://www.clearwatertimes.com/breaking_news/273093851.html
Native Tree and Shrub Planting in Portage Park (View Royal) on Sept.14
September 8, 2014
Join the Greater Victoria Green Team, Ecological Pathfinder volunteers of Portage Park, and Ancient Forest Alliance for a fun day of planting trees and shrubs in the beautiful Portage Park (View Royal). Come learn about the ecology of Vancouver Island’s amazing forests, native plants, and help restore the native ecosystem. Thanks to the support of the Evergreen Foundation and Canon.
Date: Sunday, September 14
Time: 9:45am to 2pm
Join the event and RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/events/201693132/
For more info contact Amanda at: email@example.com
NOW HIRING! Victoria and Vancouver Canvassers
Do you want meaningful part time or full time work that will help to protect the environment?
September 8, 2014
The Ancient Forest Alliance is hiring door canvassers for part-time or full-time work (Mon to Fri, 5-9:30pm) in Victoria and Vancouver. If you're seeking flexible work this fall, including as a returning student, apply to join a team of environmentally-conscious people to help raise funds and environmental awareness about BC’s endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs!
To apply in Victoria, contact Amanda Evans and Jackie Korn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply in Vancouver, contact Kevin Wilson at: email@example.com
Mossy maple grove
A rare old-growth deciduous forest on Vancouver Island
British Columbia Magazine - Shanna Baker, June 2, 2014
Here's an article on the Mossy Maple Grove near Lake Cowichan in British Columbia Magazine, featuring a photo from the AFA’s TJ Watt!
SRD buys valuable piece of real estate
Cortes Island forest activists gain protection for Whaletown Commons old-growth
Campbell River Mirror - Kristen Douglas, September 2, 2014
Congratulations to the Cortes Island forest activists who finally got the Whaletown Commons protected, with major help from the Strathcona Regional District. The Whaletown Commons was a forest long under contention, owned by Island Timberlands, that is highly valued by the community and includes veteran old-growth Douglas-firs and cedars scattered throughout, riparian ecosystems, and areas used for children's environmental education.
New PHOTO GALLERIES of Avatar Grove Boardwalk progress in 2014
August 27, 2014
The Ancient Forest Alliance and teams of dedicated volunteers have made some signigicant progress on the construction of the boardwalk at Avatar Grove this summer.
Logging McLaughlin Ridge: Watershed advocates say logging threatens city's water source
Alberni Valley News - Katya Slepian, August 14, 2014
Great news! The Port Alberni municipal council has unanimously passed a resolution supporting the statement for Island Timberlands to cease and desist from logging McLaughlin Ridge, an ancient forest near Port Alberni in the city's drinking watershed, and for the BC government to ensure its protection. Thanks to our allies at the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance for getting the resolution passed!
Groups push to halt old-growth harvesting
City council unanimously supports Watershed Forest Alliance in fight to protect McLaughlin Ridge
Alberni Valley Times - Eric Plummer, August 14, 2014
Here's an article in the Alberni Valley Times about the Port Aberni city council unanimously passing a resolution for Island Timberlands to stop logging McLaughlin Ridge and the BC government to protect it. Again thanks to our friends at the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance for their great work!
2014 Avatar Grove Boardwalk Project - Help us raise $12,000!
August 15, 2014
Last year, the AFA began construction of a new boardwalk to help protect the area’s delicate understory and tree roots from excessive trampling, to improve visitor access and safety, and to support local eco-tourism. About half of the necessary boardwalk is now complete, but more still needs to be built. This includes sections of the spectacular new loop trail in the Lower Grove, some bridges, as well as the steep slippery path up to “Canada’s Gnarliest Tree”.