Applaud Conservation of Ancient Canadian Forest

Target: TJ Watts, co-founder of Ancient Forest Alliance

Goal: Support the conservation of the Avatar Grove, an old-growth forest in British Columbia

An ancient forest, called the “Avatar Grove”, has been set aside for conservation after four years of tireless efforts. Finally, this old-growth forest in British Columbia is no longer in danger of clear-cutting, preserving the ecological history of the area as well as countless natural habitats. Thanks to the Ancient Forest Alliance, these ancient trees can continue aging without conflict.

Watts, a photographer, discovered the Avatar Grove (named after the James Cameron film) in 2009, and heard of its impending logging. Through his photographs and the founding of his non-profit organization, the Ancient Forest Alliance, Watts was able to convince the nearby community of  Port Renfrew of the worth of the historic forest, and they collaborated together to ensure the protection of the Avatar Grove.

The preservation of this particular forest represents a small step in dealing with a much larger issue. Of Canada’s old-growth forests, almost 75 percent of them have been lost due to logging. According to an interview with Jeremy Hance from Mongabay, Watts “wants the logging industry in British Columbia to switch from clear-cutting old-growth forests to logging only in secondary forests with more sustainable regulations.” Watts and the Ancient Forest Alliance will continue fighting for historic trees until this desire for renewable logging become a reality.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear TJ Watts,

I would like to congratulate you on your tireless efforts to save the Avatar Grove in British Columbia. Without your stunning photography and the hard work of the Ancient Forest Alliance, those historic trees would be nothing more than stumps. Your work is truly remarkable and essential to the environment, and I would like to personally commend you for it.

The existence of old-growth forests like the Avatar Grove, aside from being aesthetically pleasing, play a pivotal role in the environment. They purify air and water, and provide essential habitats to much of the vibrant wildlife that is native to British Columbia. These scenic forests attract plenty of tourism, nourishing the surrounding communities and instilling an appreciation for nature. I hope that your work of protecting ancient forests continues to be successful, allowing for the preservation of British Columbia’s historic landscapes. Hopefully, through your work, these old-growth forests can remain for much longer than our lifetime, so that they may be enjoyed for generations to come.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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