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Posted March 3, 2011

Avatar Grove to be featured on Al Jazeera News Network

The Ancient Forest Alliance says Al Jazeera film crews came to the island last week, to get shots of the Avatar Grove, an area of old growth forest near Port Renfrew which has been flagged for logging

CFAX 1070, March 3, 2011

Avatar Grove to be featured on Al Jazeera News Network
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A waterfall meanders through the ancient redcedars of the Avatar Grove.
Photo by TJ Watt

A Vancouver Island ecological landmark will be featured on Al Jazeera, a major Arabic and English language news network

 The Ancient Forest Alliance says Al Jazeera film crews came to the island last week, to get shots of the Avatar Grove, an area of old growth forest near Port Renfrew which has been flagged for logging

Speaking on CFAX 1070 with Dave Dickson Thursday, the Alliance's spokesperson Ken Wu explains how the network found out about Avatar Grove

"it was their Qatar-based headquarters that noticed there was a torrent of articles coming out in Canada about the Avatar Grove. That was about 2 weeks ago, you might remember there was a flurry of articles when the minister of forests Pat Bell said 'ok we are going to look into saving this Avatar Grove place possibly, and protecting our biggest trees' and that, you know triggered a whole series of articles in Canada and they noticed it, so they told their crew to come and check it out and do a story as part of the international news pieces"

Wu says the piece will be aired on the network this weekend.

The Alliance is hoping to save Avatar Grove from logging. They say while some of the trees in the grove have been flagged for logging, no cutting permits have been issued yet by the Ministry of Forests

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