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To the provincial government, which says enough old-growth trees have been protected in the area between Sooke and Port Renfrew. That does not bode well for the trees in an area near Port Renfrew, nicknamed Avatar Grove, which are under threat of a harvest. The Forests Ministry says 24 per cent of the grove will be protected, and that is enough.


Seymour Valley Old-Growth Forest Hike

Join the Ancient Forest Alliance and Ancient Forest Committees to see an amazing stand of old-growth forests (including massive Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, and redcedar), next to the Seymour River in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve!

Lower Avatar Grove

Avatar Grove Hike – Sunday July 25

On Sunday, July 25, join the Ancient Forest Alliance’s forest campaigner + photographer TJ Watt and communications director Brendan Harry to visit the magnificent but endangered “Avatar Grove”. The grove is home to dozens of ancient redcedar trees, many of which are at least 13 feet across, centuries old, and covered in massive alien-shaped burls! Rare old-growth Douglas fir trees, of which 99% of have been logged, are also found in the grove. Avatar Grove is currently flagged for logging despite its potential to become a major tourism destination, the “Cathedral Grove of Port Renfrew”, and important ecological value.

Google Earth Screen Shot - Vancouver Island

New Images of Massive Trees and Giant Stumps on Google Earth

Ancient forest campaigner and photographer TJ Watt has been steadily uploading new shots of BC’s biggest trees and most massive stumps to Google Earth, a popular global satellite-imaging program. This allows users around the world to view ancient forest photographs on both Google Earth and Google Maps.

San Juan Spruce tree and the Red Creek Fir - some of the Canada's largest trees found right nearby!

Saving Our Ancient Forests- Slideshow and Talk

Join TJ Watt, Hannah Carpendale and Michelle Connolly from the Ancient Forest Alliance to learn about the ecology and politics of BC’s ancient forests and find out how YOU can get involved in the growing movement to save them!

Thursday July 29th
Burnaby Public Library, McGill Branch
4595 Albert St. (near Hastings & Willingdon)

Liberal MP Keith Martin stands on top of a massive

MP Martin Continues Push To Expand Park

A federal Liberal member of Parliament is continuing his drive to expand the boundaries of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Dr. Keith Martin, MP for Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca, toured a section of old-growth forest and some clear cuts near Port Renfrew last week with members of the Ancient Forest Alliance.


Tall Tree Festival in Port Renfrew

The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone at Radio Contact Productions, Bigfish Lodge, Wild Coast Cottages, and Sitka Surfboards for organising such a successful event and so generously supporting the AFA. Thanks, as well, to all the volunteers, the event sponsors, the amazing musicians, and everyone who attended in support of the AFA!


Saanich Bikram’s “Karma Classes” contributes nearly $1000 to the Ancient Forest Alliance

After hosting 7 “Karma Classes” in support of the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), Bikram’s Yoga in Saanich ( mailed a cheque to the AFA for nearly $1000!

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