"Canada's gnarliest tree" grows in Avatar Grove

Deformed cedar puts new face on old-growth protection on Vancouver Island

Gnarly, dude. Environmentalists are exploiting a grotesquely shaped western red cedar to highlight the need to protect a grove of old-growth trees near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.

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A waterfall cascades through the old-growth redcedars in the endagered Avatar Grove.

Vancouver Island’s own Avatar world under threat

Get ready to visit the world of Avatar – for real. On Sunday, March 28, the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is taking volunteers, community members, media and anyone interested to visit Vancouver Island's own 'Avatar Grove,' a special old-growth forest located near Port Renfrew.

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"Canada's gnarliest tree" grows in Avatar Grove

The gnarliest tree in Canada found in the endangered Avatar Grove on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

A new Canadian environmental organization, the Ancient Forest Alliance (www.ancientforestalliance.org), is claiming to have found what may be the 'gnarliest tree in Canada' in the endangered 'Avatar Grove' on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

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Please Support the Ancient Forest Alliance!

Please Support the Ancient Forest Alliance! Help the fledgling organization take the campaign to save BC’s old-growth forests and to ban raw log exports to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL! Fundraising goals: $10,000 by Earth Day, April 22 $10,000 by Summer Solstice, June 21 Donate online at: https://www.ancientforestalliance.org/donate.php Or send a cheque made out to the […]

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Photographer TJ Watt stands on the back of a giant dinosaur shaped old-growth Maple tree alongside the San Juan river

Alliance Protects Ancient Forests

A recent shakeup in Victoria’s activist community may signify a new chapter in our long history of environmental action. The longtime coordinator for the Victoria branch of BC’s Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC), Ken Wu, has recently left that organization to start the fledgling Ancient Forest Alliance with co-founder TJ Watt. At recent info session […]

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Teetering on the brink of extinction

A March gale hissed through the treetops, spinning sudden flurries of an early spring snow into the canopy 10 storeys above our heads.

The wind sounded like surf on a distant beach but down on the mossy forest floor of what the province’s forestry maps officially designate as DL33, the world was as still as a cemetery.

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Orange flagging tape marked "Falling Boundary" ropes off massive red cedars in a section of the Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew

Pandora fans feeling blue over the Earth

What’s 12 feet tall and blue all over?

If you’ve seen the movie Avatar — and who hasn’t? — you’ll know the answer to that question is the Na’vi, the incredibly cool, nearly naked aliens with cornrows and braids who live on the incredibly cool, beautiful planet known as Pandora, all threatened by the techno-military-industrial (and little) bad guys from Earth, who lust for a metaphorical mineral called “unobtanium.”

That’s us, folks.

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Photographer TJ Watt is dwarfed by one of the huge alien shaped Red Cedar's in the threatened Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew

Threatened BC Forest Dubbed the ‘Avatar Grove’

Its storytelling may have left the critics – and the Academy – cold. But there's no denying James Cameron's digital extravaganza Avatar has inspired tree-huggers the world round, rooted as it is on themes of conserving ancient ecosystems in all their majesty.

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Undated image from the Tahsish Valley on Vancouver Island

Old-growth logging blamed for Island wasteland

A patch of the Tahsish River Valley on western Vancouver Island is the new poster child for the ecological impact of old-growth logging — this time on limestone karst, perhaps the world’s most fragile landscape.

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Rare old-growth Douglas Fir trees in the threatend Koksilah River grove.

Koksilah River Old-Growth In Jeopardy

The Cowichan Valley Regional District will write to provincial Forests Minister Pat Bell and TimberWest, asking that any timber harvesting within the vicinity of the Koksilah Ancient Forest and the upper Koksilah River corridor be held in abeyance while consideration be given to other potential interests in these lands.

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