Our Mission

The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is a registered non-profit organization working to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry.

The AFA is calling on the BC government to:

  • Implement a science-based plan to protect the endangered old-growth forests in the province.
  • Ensure the sustainable logging of second-growth forests, which now constitute the majority of forest lands in southern BC.
  • Support First Nations land use planning and sustainable economic development and diversification in lieu of old-growth logging.
  • End the export of BC raw logs to foreign mills in order to ensure a guaranteed log supply for BC mills and value-added processing facilities.
  • Implement incentives for the retooling and development of BC mills and value-added facilities to handle second-growth logs.

The Ancient Forest Alliance:

  • Defends the intrinsic value of all ecosystems and species, including humanity, to flourish for their own sake within the context of ecological harmony.
  • Supports First Nations cultures, rights and title to the land.
  • Supports environmental policies that also entail practical economic solutions and substantial support for the thousands of forestry workers in BC.

The Ancient Forest Alliance:

  • Works to inform and mobilize the public and diverse constituencies, including non-traditional allies, to protect ancient forests and forestry jobs. An educated and active citizenry exerts the ultimate lobby pressure on governments.
  • Focuses mainly on solutions, including ensuring viable economic alternatives, to the destructive status quo.
  • Recognizes and supports the centrality of BC’s First Nations in determining land use activities in their unceded territories and aims to work cooperatively with BC’s diverse First Nations everywhere possible.
  • Retains the right to support and/or criticize all levels of government based on their environmental policies in regards to ancient forests and forestry jobs.
  • Works within the law.

The Ancient Forest Alliance:

  • Explores and documents endangered ancient forests, record-sized heritage trees, and areas impacted by old-growth logging with professional photos and videos.
  • Educates the public through the news media, social media, our own publications, and through direct interaction at events, booths, and door to door.
  • Engages with and supports BC’s diverse First Nations communities to develop old-growth conservation initiatives and land use plans that sustain their cultures and ancient forests.
  • Focuses on outreach with non-traditional allies to expand and broaden the conservation spectrum, including with businesses, unions, forestry workers, scientists, faith groups, and diverse cultural groups.
  • Undertakes research and develops solutions for policy makers.
  • Organizes public forums, slideshows, rallies, protests, hikes, campouts, petition drives, and letter-writing campaigns to build widespread grassroots support.
  • Works with other like-minded conservation organizations to coordinate and strengthen our impact.
  • Empowers, trains, and supports local activists to build campaigns in their own communities.
  • Engages key government decision-makers, civil servants, and politicians/ political parties regarding BC forest policies.

AFA Staff (L to R): TJ Watt (Campaigner & Photographer), Amanda Evans (Victoria Canvass Director), Joan Varley (Admin Director), Andrea Inness (Campaigner), Jenny Tan (Public Engagement Officer), Tiara Dhenin (Administration & Development Assistant), Morgan Wheeler (Vancouver Canvass Director - not pictured)

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