Today is the 10-year anniversary of the Ancient Forest Alliance and we’re celebrating a decade of accomplishments made possible by YOU, our supporters!
With your help over the past 10 years, we’ve secured the protection of Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew in Pacheedaht territory (2012) and 60% of Echo Lake near Mission in Sts’ailes territory (2013). We also built a boardwalk through Avatar Grove, which now attracts thousands of tourists from around the world each year, massively bolstering the local economy.
We defeated the BC government’s proposal to expand tree farm licenses (2013/2014) in BC and have averted logging so far in ancient forest hotspots like the Central Walbran Valley in Pacheedaht territory.
We’ve built alliances with non-traditional allies resulting in numerous resolutions being passed in support for old-growth forest protection, including by the BC Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and the Public and Private Workers of Canada millworkers’ union in 2017.
We’ve brought attention to BC’s ancient forests on local, national, and international levels and, most importantly, we pushed the current BC government to potentially undertake new provincial old-growth management policies, for the first time in decades, including convening a Old-Growth Strategic Review panel to gather public input on old-growth management and commencing the protection of some of BC’s biggest old-growth trees (limited in scope thus far).
There’s still much work to be done, but we know with your support, there’s hope for the future of BC’s magnificent old-growth forests. Your passion, dedication, and generosity is the engine that keeps us going and we won’t stop until the province’s ancient forests get the protection they deserve. Thank you for standing with us on this journey.
– The Ancient Forest Alliance Team