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Saving Avatar Grove: The Battle to Preserve Old-Growth Forests in British Columbia

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- 2161 days ago -
he grove, a rare stand of massive and ancient trees named after the popular eco science-fiction movie, has become a popular tourist destination, providing a new economic incentive for communities to protect rather than cut Canada's last great forests.

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Past Member (0)
Monday July 23, 2012, 6:34 pm
signed @34046-ty-

Anne F (17)
Monday July 23, 2012, 7:01 pm
preserve these bits of old forest

pam w (139)
Monday July 23, 2012, 7:05 pm
Beautiful photos on the second page....if you've never been to B yourself a favor and go! Lovely friendly people and gorgeous scenery.

We need to save this area.....NO LOGGING!

Cheryl B (64)
Monday July 23, 2012, 7:09 pm
thanks for telling the world

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 4:58 am

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 5:35 am
I love trees. Just watching one being cut down breaks my heart. Good news, at least these beauties were saved.

Tuesday July 24, 2012, 6:12 am
what remains of our ancient forests must stand.. so much history around that area.. lost if they are destroyed

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 6:44 am
I remember seeing photos when The Nature Conservancy of Canada was working on creating the Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area. These photos surpass that and we need to ensure that this amazing grove remains intact. Unfortunately, Canada's current Prime Minister Stephen Harper is anti-environment so a concerted effort will be needed to ensure groves like this are protected from his logging and oil cartel buddies.

Tuesday July 24, 2012, 6:57 am
# 4061@N with hope...
Thank you, Cal!

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 8:11 am
destruction of this ecosystem now would be a death knell for many species dependent on it--and recreation would be impossible within out lifetimes

Bette M (91)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 8:17 am
These advertizements have no place on Care2.......BLOCK THEM PLEASE

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Kathleen Cazander (3)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 8:28 am
There are so few of these tree's left on the island. Everything that can be done to protect them should be done.

David C (129)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 10:33 am
noted thanks.

. (0)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 12:12 pm
oh so signed -thanks

Debra meade (0)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 12:24 pm

Terri Hughes (416)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 2:36 pm
Thanks won't stop until he destroys everything...SO SAD!!!!

Devon Leonar (54)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 3:04 pm
ohhhh those tree's need to be left to continue living as World Treasures...........!!

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 3:25 pm
Stop the greed - save our forests especially the old growth forest. These are for everyone, not just a few greedy few for profit.

Eugene C (3)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 5:42 pm
It seems absolutely insane to me that we are even having to consider the future of these old growth forests all over the world. What is wrong with human beings (some human beings) that they are not able to see the importance these trees play in our own existence on this planet! Don't they realise that when they are gone, they are gone forever!

samantha l (0)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 5:42 pm

Eternal Gardener (745)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 6:12 pm
Humans responsible for this are the worst, most dangerous criminals...when will our(?) legal system finally get this and lock them up... far away from LIFE!!!!

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 6:58 pm
BC is beautiful, as are the people who live there. I hope they are all fighting to protect these incredible old growth trees, as we should be fighting to protect old growth forests all over the world.

Bette M (91)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 7:10 pm

The Silent Witness
By John B. Lowe

Rooted to Mother Earth
Connecting ground to sky
In a cycle of rebirth
Where all must live and die
Stands the Silent Witness

Growing straight and tall
Against wind and rain
Surviving manís fickle law
And the loggers chain
Stands the Silent Witness

Season after season
Towering high above
Reaching for the sun
Home to the nesting dove
Stands the Silent Witness

A millennium old
With a thousand rings
Stretching proud and bold
Its many branches sing
Stands the Silent Witness

Like a steepleís spire
Over earthen pews
Its majesty inspires
The poetís muse
Stands the Silent Witness

Fulfilling its mission
Of natureís midwife
From Godís perfect vision
Home to all wildlife
Stands the Silent Witness

Observer of history
Of manís flawed course
There is the mystery
Without remorse
For the Silent Witness

Who among us will speak
In the treeís defense
Who among us will seek
Justice to dispense
For the Silent Witness

It is time to awake
To stand and be heard
Before it is too late
To utter the fateful words
To save the Silent Witness

Whatever befalls the trees
Will befall us all
So interconnected are we
To the natural law
Of the Silent Witness

Tuesday July 24, 2012, 7:50 pm
Yes they most certainly need to be saved. Thanks for sharing Cal

James Doeppers (0)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 8:00 pm

JM A (176)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 8:16 pm

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 1:41 am
What is the matter with us? How can we risk losing so much by destroying these remarkable forests?

Sonny Honrado (5)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 9:29 am

Monica D (580)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 8:54 pm
Ancient forests must be saved. That is a lovely poem, Bette.

Sandra D (14)
Monday August 20, 2012, 9:32 am
Trees are so vital to the good health of our planet and need to be protected whenever possible. Thanks so much for being there for these ancient trees.

Lukas Ockerman (9)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 2:01 pm
It is sad that around the world many governments are focusing on the next twenty years at most, and really only economics for that matter. They don't even seem to comprehend how long a forest like this takes. I am so glad things are changing.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 4:27 am
a subject VERY close to my heart..... without trees we are DEAD...

Mitchell D (87)
Monday October 22, 2012, 2:12 pm
Once these old growth trees go, if they do, they are not ever coming back,and a marvelous resource will have been lost forever:"...pave paradise, put up a parking lot."

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 9:14 am
The Ancient Forest Alliance has been fighting hard with the British Columbia Government to not log the old growth in these forests. They made another discovery not too long ago of Canada's Mossiest Forest, and it is breath taking!
Thank You T.J. Watt and Ken Woo for all their hard in trying to keep these magnificent forests (what is left of them) in tact.
Thank you Cal for posting this and I am happy Mongabay has written about the Old Growth Forests..
(Ihave this picture - beautiful, isn't it).

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 3:25 pm
Above - Please forgive my spelling of Ken Wu's name wrong. TJ Watt, Ken Wu and Michelle Connolly started the
registered not-for-profit organization only just over two years ago - February 27, 2010 (actually started Jan. of that year but were not registered yet). They are doing an amazing job!!!

Sorry again Ken Wu!!!

Helga Ganguly (0)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 4:40 pm
Every time we move,our first, step is to plant something. As soon as we are settled in, we make sure to establish at least one tree,even if it's an apartment complex. Right now we live in a house and we planted lots of trees. We put in and orchard of minature fruit trees,4 madronas,3 Jacmoni Birches, a slow growing palm,3 Japanese cherries,anda bird planted -!! an apricot tree that is now 30 feet tall.We bought the house new and un-landscaped and some 7 years ago,we started noticing lovely fruit around the end of June .Total surprise.Thanks little birds!. The weather killed off 3 trees,always in the same spot.One was from storm damage when the soil softened and the tree was already 20 ft tall. It took the palm next to it. The 3rd one was a Cherry tree that was producing very nicely till we couldn't afford to water it. There it stand-dead till we can replace it properly.I'll put another fruit tree in it's place. But until then,the birds absolutely love it.It has as many as 14-16 birds on it at a time so it might as well stay where it is. Trees just stand there patiently and wait.I read a book once called In Reverence of Wood. Wood that is 500 or 1000 years old is a totally different feel and color.You feel dwarfed looking up at one of the trees in the old growth forests the same way you feel in awe looking at a simple piece of furniture made of one of these trees.

Dorothy N (63)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 11:45 pm
I couldn't get to the site - it remained blank and unleaded while AVG popped up to say (I think it was) a Phoenix Exploit Kit had been removed...

But it's ridiculous that we have to have 'an excuse' like tourism to preserve our remaining ancient forests...

Speaking of saving Canadian ecology - and everything else Canadian - please sign this?

Tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
Stop the Canada-China FIPA and Nexen takeover

At any moment, Prime Minister Harper could pass the most secretive and sweeping trade deal of a generation.

This deal would pave the way for a massive natural resource buyout and allow foreign corporations to sue the Canadian government in secret tribunals, restricting Canadians from making democratic decisions about our economy, environment and energy.1

Most Canadians have never heard of FIPA, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement, because Prime Minister Harper is trying to sneak it through without a single vote or debate in Parliament.2,3

Canadians have a right to determine our future, but this agreement will undermine our democratic rights and lock us into an inescapable path of foreign-ownership and resource extraction until at least 2040.

The Canada-China FIPA could be approved as soon as November 2nd unless we get the word out now that the Harper Conservatives are trying bypass Parliament and sneak this deal by Canadians. Thatís why we partnered with on this campaign Ė if enough of us raise our voices now, we can create a massive public outcry to stop this devastating deal in its tracks.

Send a message to Prime Minister Harper and your MP: stop the Canada-China FIPA and the Nexen takeover.

Alongside this deal, the Harper government is trying to sell off Nexen, a major Canadian oil and gas company, to the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), one of Chinaís massive state-owned oil companies.4 The $15 billion-dollar Nexen takeover will open the floodgates to a wave of foreign buyouts of Canada's natural resources.

If FIPA passes, a Chinese company can take over Canadian resources and then sue Canadian governments in secret, if the government does anything that threatens the companyís profits

Any Canadian law or government decision Ė even ones that protect Canadaís environment, create jobs and stop dangerous projects Ė could be fought in secret tribunals outside of our legal system. Arbitrators unaccountable to the Canadian public would have the power to award billions in damages to foreign corporations if we do anything that hurts corporate profits, like improve environmental standards or slow down the export of cheap, unprocessed resources.1,5,6

Time is running out. We have days before FIPA is set to pass into law, and the Nexen takeover could be approved at any time. Canadians, including many Conservative MPs, oppose the Nexen takeover, and Prime Minister Harper has just asked for a 30 day extension to regroup. We need a massive public outcry now.

And letís remember: this isnít about Canadians vs. Chinese, itís about people having a right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. ...

Ilona a (51)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 11:55 am
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