Conservation group calls for protection of old-growth on Vancouver Island (PHOTOS)

By Curtis Blandy
Victoria Buzz
October 18, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new series of photos has been released by the Ancient Forest Alliance to call for conservation of old-growth forests that are being affected by logging. The series was captured between 2020 and 2022 by photographer TJ Watt near Lake Cowichan and on the Ditidaht First Nation’s land on southern Vancouver Island. Watt’s work was funded by a grant partnership awarded by the National Geographic Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in order to provide Canadian explorers, scientists, photographers, geographers and educators with funding on a preservation storytelling basis. “Capturing these before and after images is quite a difficult process–both technically and emotionally–but I’m committed to exposing the ongoing threats ancient forests face until legislated protection can be achieved for them,” said Watt. “Only when seeing a side-by-side comparison can one truly grasp the scale of loss and devastation from old-growth logging.”

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