We are a grass-roots collection of educated students, UBC alumni, and community members with an interest in preserving British Columbia's old-growth forests with emphasis on coastal old-growth forests. Our primary activity is focussed on education but we also lobby government and many members have affiliation with other local conservation organizations.
Our co-chair Ira Sutherland was recently interviewed by a Westworld Magazine videographer and this 2.5 minute film on youtube, "The fir hunter," gives a great introduction!
With the intention of increasing Vancouverite’s awareness and knowledge of the ancient forests of BC, the AFC offers free guided old-growth hikes to explore the impressive scattered remains of the 'The Great Vancouver Forest.' We emphasize outreach in our local community and electoral ridings surrounding UBC since old-growth forest has become exceptionally rare at low elevation near the city of Vancouver. We encourage grass-roots community organizations to develop elsewhere in areas where old-growth forest are depleted. Fortunately, UBC's home at Point Grey is home to a little known but truly valuable old-growth forest that contributes significantly to the regions ecology and community. (see map below!)
The UBC AFC is not opposed to forestry. Many of our members study forestry and we see many benefits and advantages related to forestry. Additionally, it is acknowledged that forestry is an important part of our province's heritage, culture and economy. However, it is not, and has never been sustainable.
|Print this map off and make you own tour of UBC's outstanding old-growth forests!! Or at the very least, keep your eyes pealed for big trees next time you walk the Wreck Beach Stairs or visit the Botanical Garden.|
The Status of BC's Ancient Forests:
After only about 150 years of forest harvesting, old-growth is becoming extremely rare in parts of BC. For example, less than 10% of the valley bottom old-growth remain on Southern Vancouver Island. Of this, only 1% of the south island's original coast Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zone forests are still standing. Legislation is urgently needed in areas like the Lower Mainland and south island to protect the remaining stands. Logging can only continue for a little while longer until the resource is entirely depleted. As they become increasingly scarce, each marginal reduction results in increasing losses of ecosystem services.
Additionally, due to the ecological variability and biological diversity (both species and genetic) inherent in old-growth forests old-growth forests enhance the resilience of BC's forested landscapes in the face of a warming climate and changing disturbance patterns. As an uncertain future looms for the health of our province's ecosystems and coastal old-growth forests become increasingly rare and depleted there is a greater need then ever before to conserve coastal old-growth.
|Believed to be the largest maple tree in Canada, this giant big leaf maple is the most impressive of several |
enormous maples found in Stanley park
|The Largest Douglas-fir in Stanley park. This Towering 60 meter giant is situated along one of the parks many forested trails.|