Veteran activists with the Victoria branch of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee are splitting from the group’s Vancouver headquarters and forming a new organization dedicated to fighting for old-growth forests.
Tis the season, it would seem, for turmoil in the environmental movement. With run-of-the-river power projects testing the solidarity of green-minded British Columbians, and last summer’s high-profile battle for the leadership of The Land Conservancy, we now have the Western Canada Wilderness Committee announcing the closure of its Victoria storefront and shifting the focus of its Island campaigner to marine issues from old-growth forest protection.
Ken Wu — The former campaign director for the Western Canada Wilderness Committee — and the new head of the Ancient Forest Alliance says there are a million hectares of unprotected old growth forests at risk on BC’s south coast.
When last we heard from Ken Wu, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee’s Victoria campaign director had announced he would be stepping aside to travel the world. But those plans have been put on hold, with Mr. Wu launching a new environmental group in response to a wilderness committee decision he says will downsize the campaign against old growth logging on Vancouver Island.
New BC Organization "Ancient Forest Alliance" Launched to Protect BC’s Old-Growth Forests and Forestry Jobs
A new organization working to protect BC's old-growth forests and forestry jobs, the "Ancient Forest Alliance" (AFA), is being launched today by Victoria environmentalist and former Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) campaign director Ken Wu, former WCWC forest and marine campaigner Tara Sawatsky, and Metchosin photographer TJ Watt.