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
Visit the AFA's Booth this Saturday March 8th at Robinson's Outdoor Store!
March 6, 2014
Come to Robinson's Outdoor Store (1307 Broad St.) this Saturday March 8th from 10am-4pm and stop by our Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) booth to chat to our friendly staff, sign our petition, make a donation, or buy our beautiful posters, cards, stickers, and other items to help support the cause! Let this business know you are grateful to them for giving the AFA space to set up our booth!
NOW HIRING: Victoria and Vancouver Canvassers!
Do you want meaningful work that will help to protect the environment?
March 6, 2014
The Ancient Forest Alliance is hiring door canvassers for part-time or full-time work (Monday to Thursday) in Victoria and Vancouver. 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 at email@example.com
To apply in Vancouver, contact Emily Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ground Zero: Island Timberlands
Focus - Briony Penn, March 1, 2014
Government scientists Darryn McConkey and Erica McClaren stated "negotiations ceased because we could not agree on the management regime within these boundaries. Island Timberlands wanted to extract timber resources from within UWRs [Ungulate Winter Ranges] and WHA 1-002 [Wildlife Habitat Area for endangered Queen Charlotte Goshawks]
and Ministry of Forests could not scientifically rationalize how the quality of these areas could be maintained." Ministry scientists go on to say that Island Timberlands's proposed management "did not incorporate any input from the Ministry of Environment" and "is not supported by the best available science."
VIDEO: Ancient Forest Movement of BC
Ramshackle Pictures - Dan Pierce, March 3, 2014
Here's a new small documentary video clip by Daniel Pierce about the groups fighting Island Timberlands' old-growth logging, coming together in solidarity in Cathedral Grove last October.
Yogis in support of the Ancient Forest Alliance!
March 1, 2014
Thank you to Feel Good Yoga and to the Karma Class participants for stretching out and supporting the Ancient Forest Alliance with your donation! You're helping us push forward our campaign to protect BC's biggest trees and monumental groves as well as other endangered old-growth forests across the province.
Sat. March 1st - 4th Annual Tree Huggers Ball Dance Party Fundraiser for AFA!
Ancient Forest Alliance, February 17, 2014
It's that time of year again! The UVic Ancient Forest Committee is holding its 4th annual Tree Huggers Ball dance party fundraiser! This event, with great live bands and DJ's, has provided incredible support for the AFA, raising thousands of dollars over the past three years - all by having FUN!!
Where: Felicita's Pub at UVic
When: Saturday, March 1st
Tickets: $10 at the door and all proceeds will go directly to the Ancient Forest Alliance! 19+ age event.
NEW PHOTO GALLERY: Kwakiutl First Nation Protest Island Timberlands Logging
February 24, 2014
A week ago, Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners Ken Wu, TJ Watt, and Hannah Carpendale were in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, where the Kwakiutl First Nation Band is currently protesting Island Timberlands' logging operations near their reserve. They invited us to meet community members, document the logging and protest, and support their efforts.
Tree growth never slows
Idea debunked that young trees have the edge on their older siblings in carbon accumulation.
Nature - Jeff Tollefson, January 15, 2014
Many foresters have long assumed that trees gradually lose their vigour as they mature, but a new analysis suggests that the larger a tree gets, the more kilos of carbon it puts on each year. "The trees that are adding the most mass are the biggest ones, and that holds pretty much everywhere on Earth that we looked," says Nathan Stephenson, an ecologist at the US Geological Survey in Three Rivers, California, and the first author of the study, which appears today in Nature. "Trees have the equivalent of an adolescent growth spurt, but it just keeps going."
Surprise! Old growth trees are 'star players' in gobbling greenhouse gas.
New research finds that old trees are capturing CO2 at a rate faster than saplings - and that rate increases over time. Findings could earn old-growth trees more respect in forest management.
The Christian Science Monitor - Pete Spotts, January 16, 2014
The oldest trees in a forest aren't just passively clinging to the carbon they've drawn from the atmosphere and stored as leaves and wood - they're capturing CO2 at a pace that increases with each passing year.
Kwakiutl protest logging
Kwakuitl First Nation band in Port Hardy protests Island Timberlands' logging of old-growth cedars
North Island Gazette - Gazette staff, January 16, 2014
With the blessing of the Kwakiutl Hereditary Chief, the Kwakiutl Indian Band held a peaceful protest last Thursday, January 9, at an Island Timberlands logging operations in Port Hardy. Band members carried signs proclaiming the area as Kwakiutl traditional territory and gathered at the entrance of the site.