New Boardwalk Construction, Old-Growth Expeditions, & Eco-Campaigns – Please Help the AFA Now!

Published: September 12, 2015
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See new construction progress on the Avatar Grove Boardwalk from last weekend at: and see a time-lapse video at:

• Securely online at:
• To the Avatar Boardwalk ($100 funds 1 metre) and Big Lonely Doug Trail and Viewing Platform at:
• Or phone us with your credit card at 250-896-4007 or send a cheque to: Ancient Forest Alliance, Victoria Main PO, Box 8459, Victoria, BC, V8W 3S1, Canada


Dear Ancient Forest Alliance friend:

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!

Recently, with the help of dedicated volunteers, we built an important section of the Avatar Grove boardwalk as we work to complete this major project by next spring (see the top link for photos!).

Over the summer we also undertook numerous photographic expeditions into several endangered old-growth forests, organized a biodiversity survey (a “bioblitz”) by biologists at the endangered Echo Lake Ancient Forest, launched a public mobilization campaign to protect the Central Walbran and Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forests, and held numerous hikes, presentations, and news media interviews.

See a couple recent “Did you know?” pieces about Vancouver Island’s endangered old-growth forests on Shaw TV with the Ancient Forest Alliance’s executive director, Ken Wu: and

See a photo in Maclean’s Magazine of tree-climbers scaling “Big Lonely Doug”, Canada’s 2nd largest Douglas-fir tree, taken by the AFA’s photographer and campaigner TJ Watt:

See a Global TV interview about the threat to the Central Walbran and Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forests by Ken Wu:

We have a lot underway, but in particular we need your financial help for three major projects:

1. Completing the Avatar Grove Boardwalk and building a “Big Lonely Doug” tree-viewing platform. Due to the generous financial support of donors like yourself and the help of dedicated volunteers, we’ve constructed a first rate boardwalk in the Avatar Grove. Construction has recently begun to complete the boardwalk – see images of an incredible new section built by volunteers just this past weekend down the steep slope to the stream in the Upper Grove: The boardwalk is vital to protect the delicate understory, to enhance visitor safety, and to support the local eco-tourism economy. There are several sections that still need completion, including a boardwalk over the flooded muddy section and along parts of the new loop trail in the Lower Avatar Grove, handrails on bridges, staircases, viewing platforms, and better signage. Please DONATE at:

In addition, Big Lonely Doug, Canada’s 2nd largest Douglas-fir tree that stands alone in a recent clearcut near Port Renfrew, also needs a safe trail and a tree-viewing platform at its base to protect its roots as people flock to see this goliath tree. Please DONATE at:

2. Expanding Public Education and Mobilization Campaigns for Ancient Forests. This fall, we will ratchet-up our public education and mobilization campaigns to protect old-growth forests in the Central Walbran Valley, Edinburgh Mountain, Echo Lake, Horne Mountain above Cathedral Grove – and most importantly, to eventually achieve comprehensive, science-based legislation to protect all of BC’s endangered ancient forests. We’ll organize a torrent of public events, rallies, and media campaigns to reach millions of people. At the same time, we’ll be spending a lot of time working with key individuals and groups, including First Nations leaders, politicians, tourism operators, union organizers, scientists, faith group leaders, and civil servants to move the issue forward. Please DONATE at:

3. Expeditions into endangered old-growth forests. We will continue to explore and document with professional photos and videos the colossal forests throughout BC in order to bring the plight of these magnificent forests to millions of people. We aim to explore remote regions near the Brooks Peninsula, on Nootka Island, on central and southern Vancouver Island, in the southwest mainland, and various wet and dry forests of BC’s Interior. To help us document these endangered areas we are using a small drone with a GoPro camera attached! Please DONATE at:

These are just a few of the important projects we’re undertaking as part of our broader campaign to achieve legislation to protect endangered old-growth forests across BC and to ensure a sustainable, second-growth forest industry.

With YOUR help, our magnificent remaining ancient forests could stand for another thousand years…

For the Wild,

Ken Wu, TJ Watt, Joan Varley, Hannah Carpendale, Amanda Evans, Jackie Korn, Mike Grant

Ancient Forest Alliance

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