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
New! 2018 Ancient Forest Calendars & Cards, Posters, Stickers, Certificates, and other Merchandise
Ancient Forest Alliance, November 16, 2017
Make the Ancient Forest Alliance your holiday-giving priority by picking up some of our beautiful AFA merchandise and/or donating to our historic campaign mobilization. We're proud to present our 2018 calendar and our other products such as cards, stickers, certificates, posters and gift packs which are available for purchase with proceeds going toward protecting BC's endangered old-growth forests and to ensure a sustainable second growth forest industry.
• Order products online HERE
• Donate HERE
Conservationists thank the Pacheedaht First Nation for extending protection over 18 hectares of “Jurassic Grove” near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island – Stunning Old-Growth Forest getting closer
Ancient Forest Alliance, November 10, 2017
The Ancient Forest Alliance is thanking the Pacheedaht First Nation band for proposing expanded protection for an 18 hectare portion of the stunning “Jurassic Grove”, a monumental old-growth forest of giant redcedars, Douglas-fir, and Sitka spruce trees located a 90 minute drive west of Victoria between Jordan River and Port Renfrew. The proposed expansion in the new management plan of Tree Farm Licence 61, partly owned by the Pacheedaht band, would protect about 30% of the 61 hectares that are still unprotected in the Jurassic Grove (total grove size is 130 hectares). The spectacular grove stands on Crown lands adjacent to the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, in the unceded traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation. See the original media release about Jurassic Grove, identified earlier this year as an exceptional old-growth grove by the Ancient Forest Alliance at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=1116 and a Times Colonist piece at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/avatar-grove-the-sequel-introducing-jurassic-grove-1.18540489
AFA Year-End Celebration & Fundraiser
Ancient Forest Alliance, November 8, 2017
Join us for our year end celebration to honour the AFA's 8th year of operation and the amazing community that has helped us get to where we are today! Enjoy some drinks, appetizers, music, and good times with AFA volunteers, staff, donors, and supporters. The night will feature a slideshow presentation, meet and greet, silent auction fundraiser, musical performances, and a chance to pick up Christmas gifts like our 2018 calendar! All proceeds go toward AFA campaigns and activities.
Celebrated local musician Oliver Swain will be playing at the event, followed by three local DJs! See here for a schedule and more information.
Tickets are available for the presentation and/or musical performances. Purchase your tickets here or call 250 896 4007
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Info Night and Rally on Tues, Nov. 28, at Alix Goolden Hall, from 7 - 8:30 pm
Ancient Forest Alliance, November 3, 2017
Time/Date: Tuesday Nov. 28, from 7 - 8:30 pm
Location: Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora Ave)
The election of a new NDP government supported by the Greens provides the greatest opportunity in BC's history to protect old-growth forests and end raw log exports.
This is the government most likely to take decisive action to finally put an end to BC's decades-long "War in the Woods" - but only if YOU speak up now!
Join us November 28th to hear from a variety of compelling speakers and to let the BC government know you want protection for BC's endangered old-growth forests, support for First Nations land use plans, and a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry.
Businesses, unions, forestry workers, local governments, and First Nations have joined the movement to protect old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable, second-growth forest industry. Come hear what these diverse groups have to say!
Key Speakers Include:
Arnold Bercov, President of the Public and Private Workers of Canada
Gisele Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht Cultural and Environmental Educator
Dr. Andy MacKinnon, Metchosin City Councillor and forest ecologist
Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate Campaigner, Sierra Club BC
Josh Schmidt, Director of Development, West Shore Chamber of Commerce
TJ Watt, Photographer & Campaigner, Ancient Forest Alliance
Andrea Inness, Campaigner, Ancient Forest Alliance
Ken Wu, Executive Director, Ancient Forest Alliance
And others TBA...
The new government is currently deciding which direction it will take with its forest policies: whether to continue with the unsustainable status quo or whether to overhaul BC's forestry system to ensure sustainability for ecosystems, First Nations, thousands of BC's forestry workers, tourism businesses, and all British Columbians.
This is our chance to send an unequivocal message to the BC government to protect ancient forests and forestry jobs!
Please join us and spread the word - your attendance at this rally and info night is critical!
For more information, contact us at email@example.com, call 250.896.4007 or visit our Facebook event page.
AFA's Ken Wu Interviewed on CBC's BC Almanac During 2017 Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly in Vancouver
October 11, 2017
The AFA's Ken Wu was recently interviewed by Gloria Macarenko on CBC's BC Almanac, along with the Forest Stewardship Council's Francois Dufresne, about responsible forest management and the urgent need for the new NDP government to reform BC's forest policies.
Ancient Forest Alliance Featured in Vancouver's Chinese-Language Newspaper
Sing Tao - James Fung, October 11, 2017
The AFA was recently featured in an article in Sing Tao - Vancouver's Chinese-language newspaper - from our press conference Oct 10th with Jens Wieting of Sierra Club BC, Dan Hagar from the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce, and Arnie Bercov from the Public and Private Workers of Canada forestry union.
Our organizations came together to shine a spotlight on BC's forestry industry during the 2017 Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly and the need for changes to protect old-growth forests and forestry jobs.
Media Release: New BC government must reform forest policies, say environmentalists, businesses, and union
Ancient Forest Alliance Media Release, October 10, 2017
Today, conservationists with the Ancient Forest Alliance and Sierra Club of BC joined representatives from the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) forestry union and the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce at a press conference to shine a spotlight on needed government policies to protect BC’s old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry, during the 2017 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) General Assembly in Vancouver.
Thank You to Robinson's Outdoor Store!
Ancient Forest Alliance, September 27, 2017
Thank you to Robinson’s Outdoor Store for hosting an amazing benefit night for the AFA with support from Patagonia, beer provided by Spinnakers, and the “Giant Tree Hunters” provided by Nootka Street Film! We are so grateful for their support and for all the 130 people who showed up to make it a stellar night – together over $3000 was raised for the AFA! Thanks so much to Erin Boggs and Matt King of Robinson's, to Ross Mailloux of Patagonia, to Steve Adams and Sean Horlor of Nootka Street Films, and to Spinnakers Brewpub for their tremendous generosity in supporting our campaign to protect BC's endangered old-growth forests and to ensure a value-added, sustainable second-growth forest industry!
Ancient Forest Alliance Featured in Latest Edition of Your Magazine
Your Magazine, September 26, 2017
The latest edition of Your Magazine features the Ancient Forest Alliance, with quite a bit of information on the organization's "modus operandi". See the article (pages 5-6) at: https://issuu.com/yourmagazinevictoria/docs/your-summer2017-web
Environmentalists stand in solidarity with BC mill workers as mills experience shutdowns and shift reductions due to log shortages
Ancient Forest Alliance Media Release, September 13, 2017
VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC – Today at noon the Ancient Forest Alliance will join members of the Public and Private Workers of Canada (formerly the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada) (PPWC at www.PPWC.ca) as they rally at their Long Hoh mill in Errington (at 1125 Clark Road between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni off Highway 4, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm) on Vancouver Island in protest of raw log exports following the shut down and shift reductions in the mill since last month, with another shutdown and major shift reductions pending this week for their Ladysmith mill, due to a shortage of logs. In total about 130 workers could be affected by the closures and shift reductions.