The SSC is working with the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) to raise $6,000 to help finish the construction of a boardwalk in Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew. Started in 2012 with support from the local business community, the AFA managed to build a large portion of the boardwalk with the help of volunteers, donors, and the Pacheedaht band. The aim of the boardwalk is to enhance visitor safety and to support local eco-tourism, while also protecting the forest understory.
The goal is to complete the boardwalk by the end of 2016, which only gives us a little over 6 months to raise awareness and funds to support this initiative. If you wish to support this initiative, you can click on the donate button at the bottom of the page and 100% of your donation will go to fund the boardwalk. If you believe time is more valuable than money and would rather give that, the AFA is currently looking for volunteers to help with the building of the boardwalk.
Registered as a BC non-profit society in February 2010, the AFA is run by BC environmental activists Ken Wu, TJ Watt, Joan Varley, and Hannah Carpendale. It is a British Columbian organization working to protect the endangered old-growth forests of BC and to ensure sustainable forestry jobs in the province; the goal of the AFA is to implement laws in British Columbia to protect old-growth forests from logging and to ensure the sustainable logging of second-growth forests - because let's be honest, the Liberal government isn't exactly doing the best job of that right now.
Old-growth forests are important because they:
With all of the reasons listed above supporting the importance of old-growth forests here in British Columbia, it's hard to justify the need to cut them down. Yet a whopping 75% of the original, productive old-growth forests on the south coast have been logged. This includes over 90% of the valley bottoms where the largest trees grow. Vast expanses of low productivity ancient bog and subalpine forests with small, stunted trees of little to no commercial value also stand - which the BC government includes in its statistics to mislead the public into thinking old-growth forests are not endangered. If you believe that the government shouldn't be allowed to continue these unsustainable logging practices, you can go to AFA's website and sign their petition.
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