British Columbia Ancient Forests News
Posted April 15, 2010
Upcoming AFA Events
Nanoose Bay Forest, Avatar Grove Slideshow, Fundraising Drive
April 15, 2010
Save the Nanoose Bay Forest!
The Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem covers about 5% of Vancouver Island, located along the Island’s southeastern coast, and is one of Canada’s top 4 most endangered ecosystems. It is characterized by Garry oak, arbutus and Douglas fir trees, camas, manzanita shrubs, alligator lizards, sharp-tailed snakes, and numerous species at risk.
One of the most significant remnants is near Nanoose Bay north of Nanaimo and is currently threatened with logging. On its 60 hectares are numerous old-growth Douglas firs and redcedar veteran trees, second-growth forests, and sensitive wetlands. This area represents one of the rarest opportunities for the BC Liberal government to protect this endangered forest type for free, as it is on public (Crown) lands, whereas as most of the ecosystem is now largely privately owned and would have to be purchased for protection (in fact, most of the zone is covered by the cities of Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan, and by farmland now).
Please quickly write a letter asking the BC Liberal government (Forest Minister Pat Bell email@example.com – be sure to include your home mailing address so they know you are a real person) to save the Nanoose Bay Forest through a new “land use order” that prohibits logging, and ask them to also do the same for all other parcels of Crown lands within the Coastal Douglas fir ecosystem.
Visit the website for more info at: http://www.nanoosebayforest.com/action.htm
Contact Annette Tanner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy McMaster email@example.com to get involved!
Slideshow of the Avatar Grove, San Juan Spruce, and Red Creek Fir
Wed., April 21
Coastal Kitchen Cafe (17245 Parkinson Rd.), Port Renfrew
See a truly spectacular slideshow by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners TJ Watt and Ken Wu about the endangered Avatar Grove, Red Creek Fir, and San Juan Spruce near Port Renfrew, and on how we can sustain forestry jobs at the same time!
$4000 raised so far - $10,000 goal for April 22 - Please help us!
Since March 22 when the Ancient Forest Alliance launched its fundraising drive, about 60 generous individuals have donated $4000 to us. However, we are still far short of our goal of $10,000 by Earth Day on April 22, and $20,000 by June 21. Whatever amount you can afford, we can assure you that YOUR support with the Ancient Forest Alliance will go farther with us than with virtually any other major environmental organization in the country. We are the BUSIEST environmental group for the LEAST funding right now! YOU can help us make this a sustainable organization by supporting us...
See our full funding appeal at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/support.php
Currently we need funds to:
- Buy a new digital projector to give slideshow presentations – they cost about $1000.
- Print 100,000 copies of a new educational newsletter that will go into “swing ridings” in BC that will exert disproportionate pressure on the BC Liberal government to change their backwards forest policies. This will cost $5000 for the printing alone.
- Undertake expeditions into endangered ancient forests on Vancouver Island and elsewhere to document their beauty and their destruction.
- Organize Days of Action in front of BC Liberal MLA offices – right now the BC Liberal government contends that Vancouver Island’s endangered old-growth forests don’t require any protection and that raw log exports to foreign mills should continue.
- Establish new Ancient Forest Committees (activism teams) in swing ridings in BC that exert a disproportionate amount of pressure on the BC Liberal government.
- Build vital support among businesses, faith groups, unions, and First Nations
You can donate ONLINE with your credit card at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/donate.php
Or you can MAIL in your cheque (made out to “Ancient Forest Alliance”) to: Ancient Forest Alliance
706 Yates Street
PO Box 8459
Victoria, BC V8W 3S1
With YOUR support we will change the history of this province for the best!
For our ancient forests and a sustainable future,
Ken Wu, TJ Watt, Katrina Andres, Michelle Connolly, Tara Sawatsky, Brendan Harry
Ancient Forest Alliance
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