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
VIDEO: Powell River residents shocked as logging company moves to cut treasured trees
Ramshackle Pictures - Daniel J. Pierce, May 13, 2015
Here's a new video and blog about the ongoing battle with Island Timberlands over logging in the town of Powell River, by Vancouver filmmaker Daniel Pierce - take a look!
Former MLA Judi Tyabji leads fight to save Powell River's urban forest
Residents considering taking legal action to stop logging in their 'Stanley Park'
CBC News, May 7, 2015
A war in the woods has erupted in Powell River, B.C., where a group of residents is fighting a plan to start logging Lot 450 — an urban forest within the city limits.
Logging news creates gathering
People gather to share concerns over company's practice
Powell River Peak, May 4, 2015
Over 100 people converged on Base Camp Monday, April 27, for a quickly organized meeting to discuss logging plans within the City of Powell River. With interest generated through Facebook and other social media outlets following a press release by Island Timberlands that was uploaded to the Peak’s website, elected officials, environmentalists and community residents gathered to hear clarification about imminent road-building and harvesting involving Lot 450.
Environmentalists aim to block logging
Pebble in the Pond releases bird nest survey for Lot 450
Powell River Peak - Chris Bolster, May 4, 2015
An environmental group based in Powell River intends to halt logging after releasing its bird nest assessment on Lot 450.... “What it proves conclusively is that there are very high wildlife values there that are threatened by this logging activity and more caution is needed,” said Judy Tyabji Wilson, Pebble in the Pond president. Tyabji Wilson added that on the basis of the report Pebble in the Pond’s board of directors has decided to file an injunction against Island Timberlands. “We will be taking court action against them so that we can at least stop the logging until proper studies are done,” she said. “Time is of the essence.” Island Timberlands began harvesting trees on the company’s private managed forest land in Lot 450 on April 22.
B.C. coastal community calls for end to logging in city
The Globe and Mail, May 5, 2015
Powell River was founded by the timber industry, but the small Sunshine Coast community about 145 kilometres northwest of Vancouver is in an uproar now that loggers are cutting trees right in the heart of the city. Since loggers started clearing roads through the urban forest a few weeks ago, there have been packed public meetings and threats of an injunction by an environmental group. More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition calling for an end to the logging of what is known as Lot 450. Island Timberlands, which holds timber rights to several hundred hectares of forest land owned by the community, has announced plans to cut the area over the next several months.
VIDEO: Logging plans draw protests in Powell River
CTV Vancouver Island News, May 4, 2015
Protesters took to the streets of Powell River upset by plans by a Nanaimo based logging company to cut trees in the city.
Island Timberlands discloses its logging plans
Powell River Peak, April 24, 2015
Here’s an article in the Powell River Peak about Island Timberlands’ plans to log in the City of Powell River (including a map of the planned cut area).
THANK YOU to Our 5 Year Anniversary Supporters!
Ancient Forest Alliance, April 22, 2015
Thank you to all who donated towards the AFA’s 5 Year Anniversary Celebration & Dinner as well as our 5th Anniversary Earth Day fundraising goals! We greatly appreciate the guests, volunteers, businesses, organizations, artists and others whose generous contributions made the evening an occasion to remember, as well as the many others who weren’t able to make it but have contributed during this pivotal time. With your dedicated support, we will continue to broaden our movement, complete the Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew, protect specific endangered ancient forests, and work towards ensuring comprehensive, science-based legislation to protect endangered old-growth forests across BC.
Port Aberni water fight has political implications
Unexpected opposition: When a industry town like Port Alberni fights logging, politicians had better listen
Vancouver Sun - Stephen Hume, April 20, 2015
Back in 2013, a group of 23 organizations, foresters, scientists and local MLA Scott Fraser signed a letter expressing concern that 60 per cent of old growth – some designated by provincial scientists as critical winter range for deer and elk under the tree farm licence from which they were removed in 2004 — had been logged in the upper watershed. Old growth there also serves as a filtration system for the town’s high quality water.
“Logging on these steep old-growth slopes has a high potential to alter the quality and rate of water flow and the streams’ courses,” Fraser warned in a letter last October to the Managed Forest Council which oversees logging practice on private lands. Watershed cutblocks above China Creek “should never have been logged,” he said.
You're invited! AFA'S "5 Year Anniversary Celebration & Fundraising Dinner" Friday, April 17th
April 5, 2015
This is a very special time in our journey: 2015 marks 5 years since the birth of our passionate organization. Thanks to your generous support, we've flourished and grown since our humble beginnings and we hope you can make it to our sustainable dinner event and presentations in Victoria on April 17th! Free drink ticket, door prizes, music, socializing with other supporters! Presentations (Dr. Andy Mackinnon, Vicky Husband, Arnie Bercov, Ken Wu, TJ Watt...) Limited space available so get your tickets soon!