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
Media Release: Diverse and Endangered Species found at Echo Lake Ancient Forest near Vancouver
Ancient Forest Alliance, March 19, 2015
Mission, BC - A biodiversity survey (ie "Bio-Blitz") of an extremely rare but endangered, lowland old-growth forest between Mission and Agassiz (about a 2 hour drive east of Vancouver), the Echo Lake Ancient Forest, famous for its bald eagles, has revealed that it is also home to a large diversity of flora and fauna. This includes many species at risk such as various species of bats, frogs, snails, dragonflies, and moss. The surveys, conducted over a weekend last year by biologists and naturalists, and coordinated by the Ancient Forest Alliance, have now been compiled and will be submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Data Centre and Wildlife Species Inventory. Over 2 days, approximately 174 plant, 55 vertebrate, 153 invertebrate, and 38 fungi species were found around Echo Lake.
AFA's TJ Watt wins Eco-Hero Award!
February 27, 2015
Congratulations to the AFA’s photographer and campaigner TJ Watt, who through popular vote was tied for first place in the local Eco-Hero competition by Hemp & Company! We're proud of TJ, who's photography has gone around the world to highlight the beauty and the plight of BC’s endangered old-growth forests. Thanks for everyone's support and votes!
Environmentalists explain importance of old growth
Alberni Valley News - Katya Slepian, February 19, 2015
The Port Alberni Watershed Forest Alliance has been relentless in their campaign to save the old-growth forests around Port Alberni, at McLaughlin Ridge, the Cameron Valley Ancient Forest, Horne Mountain (above Cathedral Grove) and Katlum Creek. Led by Jane Morden and a great local team, they are real forest heroes in this province!
Comox Lake watershed logging under the microscope following boil water advisory
Comox Valley Echo - Drew A. Penner, February 19, 2015
Logging company officials maintain harvesting increases in the Comox Lake watershed in recent decades had nothing to do with the extended boil water advisory in the Courtenay area. But as more severe storms wreck havoc on the ecosystem, which provides the drinking water for tens of thousands in the Comox Valley, a local conservation group says it's time to rethink forestry practices.
NOW HIRING - Victoria Canvassers
Do you want meaningful part time or full time work that will help to protect the environment?
February 22, 2015
The Ancient Forest Alliance is hiring door canvassers IN VICTORIA for part-time or full-time work (Mon to Fri, 5-9:30pm). 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 contact Amanda Evans at: email@example.com
Company pressured to halt harvesting of old-growth within city's watershed
Alberni Valley Times - Eric Plummer, February 11, 2015
Here's a new Alberni Valley Times article about the old-growth forests at McLaughlin Ridge, which conservationists are pushing the BC government to protect:
As logging continues in McLaughlin Ridge, the B.C. Teachers Federation voted to ask Island Timberlands to sell the forestry land it owns in the steeply sloped area. The motion passed Jan. 31 at a BCTF assembly of district representatives, urging the forestry company to sell McLaughlin Ridge to "an organization(s) that will conserve and preserve forest lands."
The old growth forest is within the China Creek watershed, the drinking water source for more than 20,000 people in Port Alberni and Beaver Creek. Ken Zydyk, president of the Alberni Teachers Union, said the request for Island Timberlands to divest the land was first approved by public educators in Port Alberni.
"There are many teachers concerned about the current practices of Island Timberlands," he said.
"Teachers are uncomfortable that we put some of our salary towards our pension, it's like a savings account that we access later," Zydyk said, adding that the concern was if teachers' funds are "being used in a socially responsible way."
The forestry company has met with municipal officials on almost a monthly basis since city council voted last August to join a lobbying effort to halt harvesting in McLaughlin Ridge.
This push is being led by the Watershed Forest Alliance, a local environmental group that fears the forestry activity is unsustainable, harming McLaughlin Ridge's wildlife and compromising Port Alberni's source of drinking water.
Donations by Businesses, Artists & Organizations
February 13, 2015
The Ancient Forest Alliance would like to give great thanks to the local businesses, green enterprises, environmental foundations, artists and other organizations whose generous support has allowed us to more effectively campaign for the protection of BC’s endangered old-growth forests. See here for an overview of 2014 donors!
For more details on supporting the AFA as a business, artist or other organization, see here.
For a full list of businesses, artists and other organizations that have supported the AFA, see here.
Thank You from the Ancient Forest Alliance!
February 12, 2015
The Ancient Forest Alliance is most grateful to the Mountain Equipment Co-op (www.MEC.ca) for their major support provided through their Community Contributions grant program. This funding support will allow the AFA to expand our capacity as an organization and strengthen our campaign to protect endangered old-growth forests on Vancouver Island!
The AFA would also like to thank Innerlife Health Services (innerlife.ca) for their Community Clinic fundraiser, as well as Climbing Arborist (www.climbingarborist.com) and the Mat Fernandez Project for supporting the AFA through their film screening event. Thank you to all who were involved for your dedicated support!
Walbran Valley at risk of old-growth logging
Island Tides, February 5, 2015
Here's a new article in the Island Tides about the Central Walbran Valley's ancient forest being flagged for potential logging.
Saving Giants with the Ancient Forest Alliance
Mountain Life - Ned Morgan, January 26, 2015
Mountain Life Magazine has just done a little piece on the Ancient Forest Alliance and filmmaker Darryl Augustine (of Roadside Films - see https://www.facebook.com/roadsidefilmsbc) about his experience working on a film about us.
You can see Darryl's great new film at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg9dcc2WPjk