Founded in 1979, Friends of Clayoquot Sound (FOCS) has a 40+ year legacy of environmental justice education, community organizing, and direct action for the protection of the ancient ecosystems in Clayoquot Sound. Based in Tofino, we are peaceful, strategic, courageous advocates for culture, biodiversity, and conservation.
Friends of Clayoquot Sound recognize the governance, laws, and jurisdiction of Indigenous Nations to be the highest of the land, air, and water, since time immemorial.
Ancient Rainforest Protection
Many of Clayoquot Sound’s intact valleys have not been logged yet. Since 1979, FOCS have led innovative organizing to protect this globally rare and irreplaceable ecosystem.
Defend Wild Salmon
In the 1980s fish farms began to threaten marine life including wild salmon stocks. Clayoquot Sound now has one of the highest densities of salmon feedlots on the BC coast.
Clayoquot Mining Ban
Imperial Metals is pushing for a copper mine 13 kilometres north of Tofino within unceded Ahousaht territory, and also a gold mine within unceded Tla-o-qui-aht territory.
Climate Action Now
Canada is the largest per capita public financer of fossil fuels. The recent Canadian Government purchase of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline is fueling the climate crisis.
Earth Keepers Education
Earth Keepers develops community through artistic projects to strengthen environmental stewardship, youth leadership, artistic voice, innovation, and regional connectedness.
Protect Old Growth March and Super-Rally: Saturday February 25 at the B.C. Legislature
On Saturday, February 25th, the United For Old Growth coalition is bringing a broad-based mass mobilization to the B.C. Legislature that reflects the majority of public will in B.C. for progressive solutions to the crisis in the woods.
United We Stand for Old Growth Forests Declaration!
September 11th marked the 2nd anniversary of the British Columbia government's release of the report of its Old-Growth Strategic Review (OGSR) panel, “A New Future for Old Forests”. In light of overwhelming support for old growth forest protection, the NDP government made clear 2020 election promises to implement all 14 recommendations of the OGSR report. However, two years later, the NDP’s response has been poor.
Read and Share the FOCS Winter 2023 Newsletter!
The FOCS Winter Newsletter is here shedding light on the major issues in Clayoquot Sound and beyond as well as getting a glimpse of the work we have been doing over the last several months, including updates on our campaigns.
The Future of Wild Salmon is at Stake: Have Political Leaders Abandoned the Backbone of the Coast?
Salmon are under threat. Evidence presented at the Clayoquot Salmon Roundtable’s Marine Risk Assessment workshops in 2022 makes it unequivocally clear that every year salmon farms are left operating in the near shore (which is where salmon farms are in Clayoquot Sound), the viability of the wild salmon stocks are adversely impacted.
No Changes in Fatal Police Shootings of Tla-o-qui-aht Members!?!
On July 1st, it was incredible to take part in a decolonial ceremony hosted in Tla-o-qui-aht territory. Thanks to the Martin family for inviting us to witness the raising of a totem pole to honour Chief Nuukmiis. The teachings of natural law represented by the...
UN Secretary General Advises at Climate Summit: Tax Big Oil to Fund Climate Justice
In just days, our planet’s population will cross a new threshold. The 8 billionth member of our human family will be born. This milestone puts into perspective what this climate conference is all about. How will we answer when “Baby 8 Billion” is old enough to ask: What did you do for our world – and for our planet -- when you had the chance?
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Friends of Clayoquot Sound was established in Tofino in 1979, focusing on the logging activity on nearby Meares Island. Discover our History
This map shows the Clayoqout Sound watershed, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Click to open a zoomable, interactive Google map with layers showing old growth, protected & unprotected areas, fish farms, potential mine sites, hiking & paddling routes, and more about Clayoquot Sound.
Thanks to volunteer Veronika Degmayr and her GIS skills for creating the map!
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Your one-time or monthly gift helps us to protect the wilderness of Clayoquot Sound for future generations. Your support makes a difference!
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We are a grassroots environmental group. The efforts of our tiny paid staff are amplified by the work of volunteers. There are many ways you can help out!
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Governments remember the massive protests that happened here in 1993, and they sit up and listen when people write in about Clayoquot. Please add your voice now and be part of saving Clayoquot Sound for future generations.