History

Karen McAllister overlooks a section of clear-cut forest in the Great Bear

Pacific Wild's founders, Karen and Ian McAllister, have been involved in wilderness and wildlife protection in British Columbia for over two decades. Initially, in the late 1980s, they worked on the frontline campaigns to protect Vancouver Island’s endangered rainforest. In 1990, the two moved north to begin efforts to protect the central and north coast of B.C. and began to establish a year-round base for conservation work in the heart of Canada's Great Bear Rainforest.

Their initial years of exploration of the endangered river valleys of the Great Bear Rainforest resulted in The Great Bear Rainforest, the bestselling book that is credited with sparking an international campaign to protect this area. They helped to bring international attention to the clear-cut logging destruction of B.C.'s temperate rainforest while assisting with the development of a number of conservation proposals for the remaining intact river valleys of the Great Bear. These efforts contributed to the 2006 Great Bear Rainforest agreements, where 30% of the landmass of the region was assigned various protected designations. 

Ian McAllister beside a grizzly bear carcass, left to rot

Since then, they have worked to bring attention to a number of threats to the region, including publicizing B.C.’s shameful grizzly bear trophy hunt, leading to the unprecedented purchase of a commercial trophy hunting license on the B.C. central coast in 2005; supporting ongoing work to keep open net cage salmon farms from expanding into the pristine waters of the Great Bear; helping to bring international attention to the potential impacts of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project and LNG tankers in the Great Bear; raising public awareness around the B.C. wolf cull and many other issues.

Founded in 2008, Pacific Wild is a conservation voice dedicated to ensuring that the Great Bear Rainforest remains one of the planet’s greatest cradles of biodiversity.