The Avatar Grove and "Canada's Gnarliest Tree" was discovered by Ancient Forest Alliance activists in December, 2009. It is home to some of the largest and strangest shaped ancient redcedars on the Island! There are also rare large Douglas-firs found here as well. It has the potential to be the "Cathedral Grove of Port Renfrew" due to its ease of accessiblity and giant trees. However, most of the Avatar Grove is currently under threat of logging and road development, with flagging tape strung up and paint on the biggest trees! No cutting permits have been issued yet by the Ministry of Forests and Range but the BC Government continues to state that it is not interested in protecting the grove despite requests from the public and local tourism boards. Support continues to grow though and the fight is not over yet!
- Photography by TJ Watt
This is a link to pictures of unsustainable and extremely distressing photographs of old growth logging. How can this still be happening when there are viable alternatives? This is heart-breaking. When these forests are gone we will never see them again.
Join president of the Victoria Natural History Society Darren Copley (and former Goldstream Nature Centre chief interpreter) and Royal BC Museum curator, entomologist and naturalist Claudia Copley to learn about the tremendous diversity of plants, birds, trees, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects, and other creatures living in this incredible ancient forest. The Ancient Forest Alliance’s Ken Wu and TJ Watt will speak about the Ancient Forest Alliance’s campaign to protect the remaining endangered forests in BC.