Volunteers Needed – Avatar Grove Boardwalk Construction: July 29-30 & August 5-6-7 in Port Renfrew!

Volunteers Needed for Avatar Boardwalk Construction! 
July 29-30 & August 5-6-7 in Port Renfrew

The Ancient Forest Alliance is looking for dedicated, considerate, and capable volunteers to help finish constructing the Avatar Grove boardwalk. Volunteers must be able to follow instructions accurately, be in good health to do the work, and act safely and respectfully without exception. Activities may include carrying boardwalk planks, hammering nails, bucketing gravel, digging soil, moving rocks, etc. as well as having fun 🙂 Construction experience not necessary but those with building skills are an asset and we hope you can join us! 

If this sounds like you, please send an email with the subject line 'Boardwalk Volunteer – [your name & dates available]' to Boardwalk Coordinator TJ Watt at info@ancientforestalliance.org 

Please include:
1) Your contact information (phone number)
2) Any relevant experience you may have
3) If you need a ride to Port Renfrew or can offer one
4) Any health limitations we should be aware of

Thanks!

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Koksilah Ancient Forest on Vancouver Island

New report: BC government faces no legal or financial barriers to implementing "Pop for Parks" program for land acquisition fund

Following a growing movement of support across municipalities, recreation groups and environmental groups for a provincial land acquisition fund, a new report has been released outlining one of the ways the government could partially fund such a program. Environmental Lawyer Erin Grey has produced a report on behalf of the Ancient Forest Alliance, analyzing the AFA's proposed Pop for Parks program, which would see unredeemed bottle deposits redirected to the purchase and protection of private lands with high conservation values. The report explores the success of similar schemes to redirect unredeemed bottle deposits for environmental and other public purposes in several US jurisdictions and indicates there are no legal or financial barriers to implementing the program in BC – only a lack of political will.

See the report at: https://www.ancientforestalliance.org/print-files/AFA_Pop_for_Parks_Report_final.pdf

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2017 Provincial Election Summary – BC Party Platforms on Old-Growth Forests and Related Forestry Issues

Head to the polls Tuesday armed with the facts! Check out our policy summary and infographic, outlining the major BC political parties' positions on forestry and old-growth forest protection in British Columbia. 

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Environmentalists rally with forestry workers at a rally at the provincial legislature organized by the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) and the Private and Public Workers of Canada (PPWC) before the 2013 provincial election.

Sustainable Forestry Rally Today in Victoria

TODAY, Wednesday, April 12
12:00 noon
Legislative Buildings, Victoria

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Signage at the start of the Avatar Grove trail

Avatar Grove Lower Loop Trail Reopened!

After second weekend of hard work, the Lower Loop Trail at the Avatar Grove has been reopened! AFA Boardwalk Coordinator TJ Watt and a team of volunteers spent long hours in wet conditions last weekend, clearing huge debris piles and fallen trees from the trail after a storm damaged the area last October.  More work still needs to be done to repair the broken boardwalk and add additional sections in areas that were impacted but it is possible to walk the trail again now.  Click here to view our photo gallery of the Avatar Grove trail clean-up: http://bit.ly/2mXtMK2

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Aerial photo of East Creek logging in 2015

New AFA Photo Gallery Reveals Clearcutting of Rare, Intact Old-Growth in East Creek

Check out our Facebook photo gallery revealing the fragmentation of the East Creek Valley, one of the very last intact primary watersheds on Vancouver Island until the BC Liberal government allowed the industrial logging of the upper valley starting in 2002 and then the lower valley in 2015 and on. These photos were captured by AFA photographer TJ Watt in the summer and fall of 2015. http://bit.ly/2mXhKQM

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A Sustainable Forestry March & Rally Port Alberni hosted by the Pulp

April 12: Rally for Sustainable Forestry in Victoria (12 noon, Legislature)

Hey Vancouver Island friends! Come join the Ancient Forest Alliance, as we support the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC – formerly the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada) who are organizing a sustainable forestry rally in Victoria on Wednesday, April 12 (Legislature, noon) to protect old-growth forests, ensure a value-added sustainable second-growth forest industry, and to end the export of raw logs from BC! Thanks to PPWC forestry officer Cam Shiell, president Arnold Bercov and their PPWC team for organizing this! See more details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/303689276716502/permalink/304594236626006/

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SFU Slideshow on BC’s Endangered Old-Growth Forests!

Thursday, February 23, 2017
3:30 – 5:00 pm
AQ 2104
SFU Burnaby Campus

See a spectacular slideshow by the Ancient Forest Alliance's TJ Watt about the ecology, geography, and policies surrounding BC's endangered old-growth forests. Watt will show amazing photos of the Avatar Grove, Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound, Big Lonely Doug, Cheewhat Giant, Red Creek Fir, Walbran Valley, Eden Grove, Horne Mountain above Cathedral Grove, and the Echo Lake Ancient Forest.  Find out what YOU can do to help protect these ancient forests in the lead-up to the May provincial election! Hosted by the SFU Ancient Forest Committee.

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