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: Avatar Grove Boardwalk
Shaw TV, August 16, 2017
Check out the major new Shaw TV piece, featuring the most extensive news coverage on Avatar Grove so far, about the completion of the boardwalk and its significance for Port Renfrew and ancient forest protection! Featuring the Ancient Forest Alliance's TJ Watt and Ken Wu, Dan Hager of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce, Jon Cash of Soule Creek Lodge, Kristine Pearson and Pamela Jones of the Pacheedaht First Nation band, Matthew Varley and Scott Harris super volunteers, and Alison Sturrock an international tourist who happened to be hiking there. Thanks to Shaw TV's Lorraine Scollan and Heather Leary for putting this piece together!
Avatar Grove Boardwalk Now Completed and Open
CFAX Radio, August 10, 2017
Now it's open the Ancient Forest Alliance's Ken Wu says it's been great for eco-tourism. "That is a message for other rural communities to stand up for the ancient forest in your area. Maybe take a page out of Costa Rica's book and take a step towards a sustainable economy and instead log second growth forest sustainably instead of logging the last of our ancient forests as well."
Media Release: Avatar Grove Boardwalk Completed – High Quality Boardwalk Showcases One of Canada’s Most Magnificent Old-Growth Forests!
Ancient Forest Alliance Media Release, August 10, 2017
After 4 years of hard work, with the support of hundreds of volunteers and supporters, the Avatar Grove boardwalk near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island has finally been completed by the Ancient Forest Alliance. The boardwalk protects the tree roots and vegetation from excessive trampling, enhances visitor safety, and supports the booming eco-tourism economy in the region by providing public access to one of the grandest old-growth forests in North America.
VIDEO: Ancient forest hot spot: Port Renfrew’s Avatar Grove now accessible to public
They are some of the most magnificent trees on Vancouver Island or even the world.
CHEK News, August 10, 2017
"You're going to see some of the grandest forest left not only in Canada but on planet Earth. To have these 14-15 foot wide trees here is a very rare thing, these trees can be 1,000 years old," said Ken Wu, executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
New pathway for ancient forest
Times Colonist - Amy Smart, August 10, 2017
“If you were to arrive at Avatar Grove, you’ll find a one-kilometre trail with hundreds of metres of high-quality boardwalk that takes you through one of the most spectacular ancient forests in the country,” said TJ Watt, Avatar Grove boardwalk co-ordinator with the Ancient Forest Alliance.
The boardwalk protects the tree roots and vegetation from excessive trampling and provides safe public access to the forest, he said. “It allows people to spend more time looking at the trees and less time looking at their feet.”
Avatar Grove boardwalk finally complete
Boardwalk spans over a one-kilometre trail and includes stairs, steps, bridges and viewing platforms
Sooke News Mirror, August 10, 2017
After four years of work, the boardwalk at Avatar Grove is officially finished and ready to be enjoyed by the public. On Thursday, the Ancient Forest Alliance held a grand opening ceremony in Port Renfrew in celebration of the effort put in to building the boardwalk.
Volunteer-built boardwalk showcases protected old-growth near Port Renfrew
4-year effort to build stairs and viewing platforms in Avatar Grove a labour of love
CBC - Megan Thomas, August 9, 2017
"Hundreds of people have come out to help, to carry buckets of gravel up through the trail, to carry heavy boardwalk planks, hammering thousands of nails and swatting a million mosquitos," said T.J. Watt, boardwalk coordinator for the group.
Port Renfrew has long relied on forestry and commercial fishing as main industries. But outdoor recreation and eco-tourism are a growing part of the economy.
Avatar Grove boardwalk construction to be finished this weekend
Sooke News Mirror, August 4, 2017
This weekend the boardwalk in the Avatar Grove will finally be finished construction after four years.
For the finishing touches, volunteers with the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) will be building a new platform, stairs, steps, and walkways, and install signage, on the major project.
“The Avatar Grove’s real significance is that it serves as an example to other communities that protecting old-growth forests benefits the economy by hugely bolstering local businesses and jobs,” said Ken Wu, executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance.“In helping to revitalize Port Renfrew’s economy, it has clearly counteracted the old, false narrative that saving old-growth forests harms the local economy. The Avatar Grove and its boardwalk have been the most important catalyst for B.C.’s ancient forest movement in recent times and have helped to shape the fate of endangered forests across the province.”
See full article in the Sooke News Mirror: http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/news/avatar-grove-boardwalk-construction-to-be-finished-this-weekend/
Media Release: Avatar Boardwalk Nears Completion
Ancient Forest Alliance, August 2, 2017
For Immediate Release
After 4 years of hard work, the Avatar Grove boardwalk near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island is expected to be completed by the end of this coming long weekend.
This weekend a team of volunteers with the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) will undertake a final stint of boardwalk construction in the Avatar Grove. Volunteers will build a new platform, stairs, steps, and walkways, and install signage, finishing the major project. Located only 20 minutes from Port Renfrew, the Avatar Grove is home to one of the most spectacular and easily accessible stands of monumental old-growth trees in BC and has become among BC’s most popular old-growth forest tourism destinations, featured in numerous national and international media outlets. The completion of the boardwalk will enhance the public’s ability to explore the incredible ancient forest that helped the town rebrand itself as the “Tall Trees Capital of Canada.”
See a photo gallery showcasing the boardwalk construction from this past weekend: http://bit.ly/2vkskEN
See our media release at: http://ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=1128
Volunteers Needed - Avatar Grove Boardwalk Construction: July 29-30 & August 5-6-7 in Port Renfrew!
Ancient Forest Alliance, July 24, 2017
Volunteers Needed for Avatar Boardwalk Construction!
July 29-30 & August 5-6-7 in Port Renfrew
The Ancient Forest Alliance is looking for dedicated, considerate, and capable volunteers to help finish constructing the Avatar Grove boardwalk. Volunteers must be able to follow instructions accurately, be in good health to do the work, and act safely and respectfully without exception. Activities may include carrying boardwalk planks, hammering nails, bucketing gravel, digging soil, moving rocks, etc. as well as having fun :) Construction experience not necessary but those with building skills are an asset and we hope you can join us!
If this sounds like you, please send an email with the subject line 'Boardwalk Volunteer - [your name & dates available]' to Boardwalk Coordinator TJ Watt at firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Your contact information (phone number)
2) Any relevant experience you may have
3) If you need a ride to Port Renfrew or can offer one
4) Any health limitations we should be aware of