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
Send a Message to BC Politicians - Save BC's Grandest Old-Growth Forests!
Ancient Forest Alliance, September 22, 2015
The two largest tracts of ancient forest left on southern Vancouver Island, the Central Walbran Valley (500 hectares) and Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest (1500 hectares), both near Port Renfrew, are threatened by the Teal-Jones Group. Please take 30 seconds and send a message to BC politicians through our website at: www.BCForestMovement.com Thank you!
How B.C.'s anti-logging activists are using drones to fight the 'information war'
Environmentalists send in Go-Pro-equipped device to bring the forests to the people in latest chapter of 'information war'
The Province - Sam Cooper, September 27, 2015
Here's a comprehensive article in The Province about the AFA's use of a drone in the endangered Central Walbran Valley.
Environmental group hopes new tech will help halt old-growth logging
Times Colonist - Mike Devlin, September 26, 2015
Here's an article in the Times Colonist about the Ancient Forest Alliance's use of a drone to highlight the endangered old-growth forest in the Central Walbran Valley.
Thank You to Patagonia & Patagonia Vancouver!
Ancient Forest Alliance, October 5, 2015
The Ancient Forest Alliance would like to thank Patagonia and Patagonia Vancouver for their major support through their grassroots environmental grant program, helping us to build an ancient forest movement across BC’s Lower Mainland! See Patagonia’s website at: http://www.patagonia.com/ca and visit the Patagonia Vancouver store online at: http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=96713
Logging protestors win temporary victory on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast
CBC News, September 21, 2015
Congratulations to the conservationists with the Elphinstone Logging Focus in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast who got a temporary reprieve from BC Timber Sales for a tract of threatened old-growth yellow cedar forest in the Dakota Bowl through their protests, campaigns, reports, and constant efforts!
B.C. suspends sale of ancient forest on Sunshine Coast identified as hot spot for bear dens
Vancouver Sun - Larry Pynn, September 23, 2015
Environmentalists who blocked construction of a forestry road on the Sunshine Coast for more than five weeks have won a temporary victory in their bid to stop logging of an old-growth forest identified as a prime spot for black bear dens.
B.C. Timber Sales won’t put the forest up for sale as planned on Oct. 1 and instead is “going to consider its options over the winter”...
A July 2014 report by consulting biologist Wayne McCrory found “very high-quality old-growth den habitat” in the Dakota Valley near Sechelt. Based on field work within two of four cutblocks proposed for sale, he extrapolated that logging of the overall 64 hectares would impact about 32 active bear dens.
The dens he investigated were within the trunk or cavity of cedar trees at elevations of 700 to 920 metres. Three-quarters of the best old-growth den habitat has already been logged in the area, McCrory observed, adding it is important to protect what little remains.
Ross Muirhead and Hans Penner, environmental campaigners with Elphinstone Logging Focus, said in an interview that they hope suspension of the sale will give the province time to consider the ecological and cultural values of the Dakota Valley — and not just timber values.
“Any delay in issuing the cutblock is good news,” Muirhead said. “It gives both sides more time to study the other features.”
Media Release: Drones used in BC's Old-Growth Forest Campaigns - Walbran Valley conflict escalates
Ancient Forest Alliance, September 22, 2015
Conservationists are employing a new tool in the battle to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests – remotely-piloted drones. The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is using a small drone equipped with a GoPro camera to monitor and document the endangered old-growth forests of the Central Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. This has allowed the organization to capture aerial video footage of old-growth forests threatened by logging on steep, rugged terrain that otherwise would take hours to hike to. See a new video clip of the Central Walbran Ancient Forest that includes recent HD drone footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyMPXHOjlK0
Tall Tree Capital: Spectacular Avatar Grove shows that environmentalism and tourism can work hand in hand
Soar Magazine - Grace Szucs, September 1, 2015
Check out the article and photos (by the AFA's TJ Watt) on the Avatar Grove, Ancient Forest Alliance, and tourism in Port Renfrew, on pages 25 to 27 in Soar Magazine (an airport magazine in Nova Scotia).
New Boardwalk Construction, Old-Growth Expeditions, & Eco-Campaigns - Please Help the AFA Now!
Ancient Forest Alliance, September 9, 2015
As the hot dry days of summer wind down, the Ancient Forest Alliance is gearing up for a busy fall season of expeditions, campaigns, and boardwalk/trail construction projects! We have a lot underway, but in particular we need your financial help for three major projects... READ MORE!
New Photo Gallery and Time-Lapse of Avatar Grove Boardwalk Construction!
September 11, 2015
Over the September long weekend, AFA’s TJ Watt and a small group of dedicated volunteers worked hard to construct a crucial new section of the boardwalk at Avatar Grove. n the Upper Grove, the steep slope leading down to the creek had become quite rough and slippery, so to help protect the tree roots and make it safer for everyone visiting, the group built two new platforms and sets of stairs leading down the hill. They also installed a beautiful new bench by the Gnarly Tree!