The Ancient Forest Alliance is a grassroots organization in British Columbia , Canada . It was founded in January, 2010, and is dedicated to protecting British Columbia’s old growth forests in areas where they are, and ensuring sustainable forestry jobs in that province.


The objectives of the Ancient Forest Alliance, as stated on their website, are to: [3]

  • Undertake a Provincial Old-Growth Strategy that will be used in BC and protect them where they are (Vancouver Island, Southern Mainland Coast, Southern Interior, etc.)
  • Ensure the sustainable logging of second-growth forests, which is now the majority of forests in southern BC.
  • BC mills and value-added processing facilities.
  • Assist in the retooling and development of BC coastal sawmills and value-added facilities to handle second-growth logs.
  • Undertake new, democratic land-use planning processes to protect endangered forests based on new ground-based plans, ecosystem-based scientific assessments, and climate mitigation strategies through forest protection.


The Ancient Forest Alliance was founded in January 2010 by Western Canada’s Wilderness Committee activists Ken Wu , TJ Watt , and Tara Sawatsky , along with old-growth activists Katrina Andres and Harry Brendan from Victoria and Michelle Connolly from Vancouver . The founders were prompted to start the new organization when the Western Canada Wilderness Committee announced in late 2009 that it was both closing its Victoria storefront and reorganizing its Victoria office in a way that they felt reduced its focus on old growth forests. [4] [5] [6] The objective of the Ancient Forest Alliance Was to fill a different nests than the Western Canadian Wilderness Committee by focusing SPECIFICALLY on old growth forests and by not Obtaining status as a charitable organization , qui Allows It To Either endorse or condemn politicians based on their forest policies. [7] [8] By March 9, 2010, the Ancient Forest Alliance had grown to over 6,000 Facebook members. [1]


Ken Wu, TJ Watt, Tara Sawatsky, Vancouver activist Michelle Connolly. [3] [9 [9 [9] Most of the work of the World Heritage Alliance, launched in May 2010 by the board of directors and supporters, was launched in May. [3]

Although the Ancient Forest Alliance is registered as a non-profit society in British Columbia, they have declared that they will not register as a charitable organization . [7] [10] The lack of charitable status makes it more difficult, because they can not issue tax receipts for donations. [10] However, it also allows them to reject or endorse specific political candidates, based on their stance on old growth forests , [7] [10] while charitable organizations can not take partisan political positions. [11] The Ancient Forest Alliance has said that they will organize in swing ridingsto have maximum effectiveness in influencing government policies. [10]

The Ancient Forest Alliance has also stated that they will „help empower, train, and guide new citizens‘ groups that are going to fight for ancient forests“, which they feel will help them run an effective campaign. organisms. [10] Since 2007, Ancient Forest Committees have been founded in various universities and regions of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, including the University of British Columbia , [12]Simon Fraser University , [13] and the University of Victoria . [14]These Ancient Forest Committees are autonomous, volunteer-run organizations that are independent from the Ancient Forest Alliance, but endorse its goals and strategies, and collaborate on certain events such as rallies, hiking trips, and activist training gatherings. [3]


Documenting ancient forests and giant trees

The Ancient Forest Alliance has stated that they will „explore and document endangered ancient forests, record-sized heritage trees, and areas destroyed by old-growth logging.“ [3] Photographer TJ Watt has been exploring and documenting old growth forests and giant trees for the Ancient Forest Alliance. [15]

Protecting the Red Creek Fir

The 1000-year old Red Creek fir is 73.8 m (242 ft) tall and 4.2m (13 ‚9 „) wide, and is the largest Douglas-fir in the world. [16] In February 2010 the Ancient Forest Alliance announced that they had discovered new logging tape within a few hundred meters of the Red Creek Fir, and that they feared it could be cleared by a clearcut , making it susceptible to blowdown and tourism value. [17] [18] [19] The Ministry of ForestsThe Red Creek Firestarter is the only one of its kind in the world. [18] [19] TimberWest , which owns the surrounding area, has not yet been established, and it is not necessary that they are not logged in, and that they are not planning to enter into the next year or two. [20] The Red Creek Fir is an important tourist attraction for the nearby town of Port Renfrew , according to the local Chamber of Commerce . [18] [19]TimberWest has said that they recognize the value of the tree, and are looking for improving access to it for tourists. [20] The Ancient Forest Alliance has a new sign at the Red Creek Fir, [18] [19]and they are asking the British Columbia government to establish a Provincial Heritage Trees designation that will identify and protect the largest and largest 100 specimens of each of the province’s tree species [16]

Protecting Avatar Grove

The Ancient Forest Alliance is a 10-hectare stand of 80-meter tall old growth Douglas-fir and western red cedar that is 15 minutes outside of Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island , Canada. [21] It was Discovered by TJ Watt [21] and has-been nicknamed Avatar Grove . [22] [23] The Ancient Forest Alliance claims that it is one of the most spectacular and most accessible sites of southern Vancouver Island, and that it is one of the most important sites in the world. old growth forest on a valley bottom. [21] [23]One of the giant cedars in Avatar Grove HAS Numerous huge Burls and has-been dubbed „Canada’s gnarliest tree“. [24] The Teal-Jones Group , while the Ministry of Forests reports that the Avatar Grove, the Ancient Forest Alliance maintains that the majority is still unprotected. [25] John Cash, president of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce , said that he supports the protection of Avatar Grove because of its potential for increasing tourism in the area. [22] [25]On March 28, 2010, the Ancient Forest Alliance, Avatar Grove, and Avatar Grove. [2] [26]

Three-step program for the Post-Avatar Blues

In February, 2010, the Ancient Forest Alliance announced their three-step program to cure the post- Avatar Blues, a depression experienced by some viewers of the movie blockbuster Avatar when they have to return to the drab reality of Earth after experiencing the wondrous ecology of the fictional moon Pandora . [22] [27] The Ancient Forest Alliance maintained that the ancient forests of British Columbia and the unpublished wildlife are just as spectacular as the forests of Pandora, and suggested the following three-step program to cure movie-goers of depression. : „Get out and experience nature, take action to defend nature, and get others to do the same“. [27]

Avatar-themed rally to protect old growth forests

Vancouver on March 27, 2010. About 100 supporters marched from Canada Place to the Vancouver Art Gallery, making demands for the BC government to protect endangered old growth forests and support sustainable logging of second growth forests. [28] The rally borrowed images from the hit blockbuster Avatar, with many people painted as characters from that movie. [29] [30]

Canada’s Biggest Competition Stumps

In April, 2010, members of the Ancient Forest Alliance were discovered in Port Renfrew, BC. [31] The stumps were recently cut old growth red, and measured between 3.7 and 4.6 meters in diameter. [32] [33] The stumps were on crown land being logged by the Surrey-based Teal-Jones Group. [32] [33] This discovery prompted the Ancient Forest Alliance to launch „Canada’s Biggest Stumps Competition“, and they created a Facebook site where people can upload their pictures of giant stumps. [31]

Creating new regional parks in the Capital Regional District

In May 2010, the Parks Department of the Capital Regional District of Southern Vancouver Island hosted a number of public input meetings, among other things, candidates for new protected areas in the region. [34] The Ancient Forest Alliance praised the Capital Regional District for public input, [34] and recommended several areas of old growth forest for protection in regional parks. The areas that the Ancient Forest Alliance wants the Capital Regional District to protect the Red Creek Fir (the largest Douglas-fir on earth), the San Juan Spruce (the largest Sitka spruce in Canada), and Avatar Grove, all of which are on public land. [35]

Organizing in swing ridings

On April 9, 2010, the Ancient Forest Alliance led 400-year-old Douglas-fir growing representatives in the Oak Bay-Gordon Head provincial electoral district in order to launch their swing in swing . [36] The group declared that they will focus their campaign on the dozen or so swing ridings in British Columbia to force the BC government to protect endangered old-growth forests, ensure the sustainable logging of second-growth forest, ban raw log exports, and assist in retooling of old-growth sawmills for value-added wood manufacturing. [36] The Ancient Forest Alliance is not a charity, and is also permitted to condemn or endorse politicians and political parties. [36]On May 14, the group held a gift-giving ceremony at BC Liberal MLA Chong’s Office in Oak Bay . [37] Ida Chong won the last election by a 2% margin. [3]


On May 8, 2010, the Ancient Forest Alliance held a fundraiser at Tzvi’s Place in Vancouver. Numerous musicians played at the event, and all proceeds went to the Ancient Forest Alliance, and to support local musicians. [38] The Big Tree Tour is another fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance, which is scheduled to be held from June 3 to 6, 2010. Eight riders will take pledges from donors, and will be able to travel to Vancouver Island. of the largest trees on the planet. [39]


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