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Photographer captures stunning—and heartbreaking—views on Vancouver Island

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Photographer captures stunning—and heartbreaking—views on Vancouver Island

TJ Watt grew up in a home surrounded by tall trees that would creak and sway whenever a big storm hit Vancouver Island. Perhaps that was how his passion for trees took root.

Now, Watt is a world renowned nature and conservation photographer who is fighting against the clear-cutting of ancient trees that dot the British Columbia landscape.

In this episode of Candid Closeup, we showcase the photos that grabbed global attention and helped earn Watt the new Trebek Initiative grant, which is a collaborative partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society of Canada and the National Geographic Society, named for Alex Trebek.

The before-and-after photos of thousand year old trees becoming massive stumps are astounding and heartbreaking, but they are also a catalyst for positive change.

TJ Watt: Clearcut of old-growth trees in B.C. (Candid Closeup)
TJ Watt: Clearcut of old-growth trees in B.C. (Candid Closeup)

(TJ Watt/Provided)

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