HistoryWith a full-time presence in the heart of Canada's Great Bear Rainforest, Pacific Wild's founders Karen and Ian McAllister, have been involved in wilderness and wildlife protection in British Columbia for 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.
Their initial years of exploration of the endangered river valleys of the Great Bear Rainforest resulted in the writing of The Great Bear Rainforest, which is credited with sparking an international campaign to protect this area. While working with Raincoast Conservation, an organization they co-founded with Ian's father Peter McAllister, they assisted in bringing international attention to the clearcut 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.
Other successful campaigns include publicizing British Columbia’s shameful grizzly bear trophy hunting which led to the unprecedented purchase of a commercial trophy hunting license on the B.C. central coast in 2005, and working to keep open net cage salmon farms from expanding into the pristine waters of the Great Bear.
Building on these successes, Pacific Wild is a conservation voice dedicated to ensuring that the Great Bear Rainforest remains one of the planet’s greatest cradles of biodiversity.