VIDEO: What Will it Take to Save BC’s Old-Growth Forests?

This film is the final in our series commemorating the 25-year anniversary of the Clayoquot Sound protests and presents an overview of the key issues relating to BC’s old-growth forests and the solutions urgently needed to protect them. These solutions, including science-based old-growth protection legislation; policies that ensure sustainable, value-added second-growth forestry; and support for First Nations’ sustainable economic diversification, are entirely possible, but require political will from the NDP government and support from British Columbians from all walks of life.

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VIDEO: Old-Growth Protection and Sustainable Economic Opportunities

The argument against old-growth forest protection is typically based on the assumption that ‘locking up’ forests is bad for business. Nothing could be further from the truth.
BC’s old-growth forests play an important role in the province’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world every year and supporting increased sustainable business and employment opportunities in nearby towns.

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VIDEO: Clayoquot Tribal Parks and First Nations Old-Growth Protection

Watch this important video about the inspiring, cutting-edge, First Nations-led efforts of the Tla-o-qui-aht, Ahousaht, and Hupacasath people to protect Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests. While the BC government has yet to officially recognize and support these Nations’ initiatives, there is hope – with your support for Indigenous conservation efforts.

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VIDEO: Old-Growth Forests vs. Second-Growth Plantations: The Differences

“Trees grow back! As long as we replant the trees, why shouldn’t we cut down the old-growth forests?”
This is a common contention, which is addressed in this latest video by filmmaker Darryl Augustine about some of the key differences between BC’s old-growth forests and the ensuing second-growth tree plantations that they’re being replaced with.

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VIDEO: History of the 1993 Clayoquot Sound Logging Protests

Twenty-five years ago, more than 12,000 people participated in what become known as the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history: the Clayoquot Sound protests. While this story is legendary, not everyone knows that Clayoquot Sound is not saved and that the large-scale logging of old-growth forests continues across most of BC. Meanwhile, raw log exports undermine BC forestry employment opportunities. Watch this video clip about the protests by film-maker Darryl Augustine to learn more.

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VIDEO: Port Alberni Old-Growth Threatened by Island Timberlands

Here is the latest video by filmmaker Daniel J Pierce who has spent years documenting the controversies surrounding old-growth logging by Island Timberlands – this time at McLaughlin Ridge and the Cameron Valley Ancient Forest near Port Alberni, featuring the campaign led by the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance, whom the Ancient Forest Alliance has been working with for many years! 

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VIDEO: Reexamining the Forest

This great video by Wyatt Visuals, featuring researcher Ira Sutherland and Tla-o-qui-aht canoe carver Joe Martin, describes their work to measure the ecosystem services of Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests, including for First Nations cultural uses, in Nuu-chah-nulth territory in 2014.

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VIDEO: “Big Lonely Doug,” Canada’s 2nd largest Douglas-fir tree!

"Big Lonely Doug", a recently found old-growth Douglas-fir tree standing alone in a clearcut on southern Vancouver Island, has been officially measured to be the second largest Douglas-fir tree in Canada. Last week, renowned forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, who manages the BC Big Tree Registry run by the University of British Columbia and is also the co-author of the best-selling "Plants of Coastal British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon", measured the goliath tree.

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VIDEO: Ancient Forest Movement of BC

This short video, part of the series “Heartwood: A West Coast Forest Documentree” by Daniel Pierce of Ramshackle Pictures, features groups coming together in solidarity in Cathedral Grove in October 2013 to fight Island Timberlands’ old-growth logging near Port Alberni.

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Ancient Forest Alliance's Ken Wu stands alongside a 14ft wide redcedar stump from an old-growth tree cut down on Edinburgh Mountain near Port Renfrew.

VIDEO: Save BC’s Endangered Old-Growth Forests & Forestry Jobs!

BC's old-growth forests are world renowned for their beauty and grandeur, where moss-draped trees can grow as wide as living rooms and as tall as downtown skyscrapers. However, a century of unsustainable overcutting has largely eliminated the biggest and best trees in the biologically-diverse valley bottoms and lower elevations that historically built BC's forest industry.

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