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
The Guide to Being an Awesome Canadian - featuring Climbing 'Big Lonely Doug'
Maclean's Magazine, July 1, 2015
MacLean's magazine has featured a photo by the AFA's TJ Watt. This shot of Big Lonely Doug was captured during the tree climb and featured in the July 2015 'Guide to Being an Awesome Canadian'!
Forests on the March
Scientific American, July 14, 2015
Be sure to check out AFA photographer TJ Watt's photo of a sitka spruce forest near Nitinat Lake in the latest issue of Scientific American magazine! The article speaks with Dr. Sally Aitken of the UBC Faculty of Forestry on her work to help trees adapt to a rapidly changing climate. Sally has also helped with the recent revival of the BC Big Tree Registry as well!
VIDEO: "Did You Know?" Old-Growth Forest on Shaw TV
Shaw TV, August 25, 2015
Here is a "Did you Know?" clip on Shaw TV this week featuring the AFA's Ken Wu talking about BC's old-growth forests, their importance, and their continued endangerment on Vancouver Island by industrial logging.
NOW HIRING - Canvassers in Vancouver and Victoria
Do you want meaningful part time or full time work that will help to protect the environment?
August 26, 2015
The Ancient Forest Alliance is hiring door canvassers in VANCOUVER and 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! **Great job for full-time or part-time students!**
To apply in VANCOUVER, contact Mike Grant: firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply in VICTORIA, contact Amanda Evans: email@example.com
**AFA Office closed until August 18th for Summer Holidays**
August 4, 2015
Please note that our downtown office is now closed until August 18th for Summer Holidays. Thank you for your understanding :)
Avatar Grove Boardwalk, Big Lonely Doug Trail and Viewing Platform, and Ancient Forest Expeditions – Please Help Now!
Ancient Forest Alliance, July 23, 2015
The AFA has been undertaking exploratory and photographic expeditions into the endangered Central Walbran Ancient Forest, where we recently recorded the calls of the threatened Marbled Murrelet seabird, and the Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest, one of the largest tracts of ancient forest on southern Vancouver Island. Learn more about the risks to these forests through recent media and incredible photos by the AFA's TJ Watt, and find out about our three major projects underway this summer!
Read more and please DONATE TODAY to help save these areas – and many more – from imminent logging threats.
PHOTOGALLERY: Central Walbran Ancient Forest - Block 4403
Ancient Forest Alliance, July 28, 2015
Here are some fantastic images from part of the endangered Central Walbran Ancient Forest shot in early July by AFA's TJ Watt. The pictures were taken in the '4403' cutblock proposed by Teal-Jones (see map in gallery) just a few hundred metres from where people camp. This section of forest contains some absolutely incredible old-growth redcedar trees as well as some sensitive limestone karst features. Volunteers from the Friends of Carmanah Walbran have flagged a Witness Route into this area marked with yellow flagging tape making it easier to access now.
Please take 30 seconds to send a letter to the BC government asking them to protect the endangered Central Walbran and Edinburgh Mt Ancient Forests here: www.BCForestMovement.com Thank you!!
PHOTOGALLERY: Central Walbran & Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest
Ancient Forest Alliance, July 9, 2015
Surrey-based forestry company, the Teal-Jones Group, is aggressively moving forward with plans to log and build roads into Canada’s two most magnificent old-growth forests, the Central Walbran Ancient Forest (about 500 hectares) and the Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest (about 1500 hectares) on southern Vancouver Island. The company is planning eight new cutblocks (clearcuts) and a new road in the Central Walbran, and two new cutblocks and a new road on Edinburgh Mountain. The Walbran Valley is home to perhaps Canada’s finest stand of old-growth redcedars, the Castle Grove, while Edinburgh Mountain is where “Big Lonely Doug” (discovered last year by Ancient Forest Alliance activists to be Canada’s 2nd largest Douglas-fir tree – alas, completely surrounded by a 2012 clearcut) still stands and where the threatened "Christy Clark Grove" (ie. Lower Edinburgh Grove) is located in the Gordon River Valley.
Here are some photos and maps by the AFA's TJ Watt, from a recent July 2015 visit to these areas:
Environmentalists fight to save tract of old-growth Island trees
Times Colonist - Amy Smart, July 21, 2015
New article about the fight to protect old-growth in the Central Walbran Valley around the renowned Castle Grove.
Public Information and Community Forum to Save the Walbran Valley
July 17, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 7-9 pm, Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Avenue.
The old-growth forests of the Central Walbran Valley are threatened with clearcut logging. This is one of the largest intact old-growth forests left on southern Vancouver Island, but is now at risk of being logged by Teal-Jones. See beautiful images of the valley and hear a variety of speakers at this free event hosted by the Friends of Carmanah-Walbran, Wilderness Committee, and Ancient Forest Alliance.