Our ProjectsMore than 20 years of concerted environmental effort has resulted in approximately 30% of the Great Bear Rainforest area being protected in various conservancy designations.
While this is a step forward in protecting B.C.’s endangered rainforest, significant gaps remain. Trophy hunting of grizzly bears, wolves and other large carnivores remain sanctioned by the provincial government, even in many of the recently announced conservancy areas. Clearcut logging of intact salmon supporting watersheds is still commonplace, and a lack of marine protected areas leave the coast exposed to open net cage salmon farms, and other abuses of the marine environment. Year after year, the reality of collapsing salmon stocks - the foundation species for life on the coast - becomes more apparent.
Emerging threats from the energy sector, such as proposed hydroelectric and large-scale wind farm projects could have a major impact on the ecologically sensitive outer coastal islands and intact river valleys of the Great Bear. On the oil and gas front, a 1,150 kilometre pipeline is proposed to run from the coastal town of Kitimat, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, to the province of Alberta. The twin pipeline would transport crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to the coast where it would be loaded in oil tankers for export to Asia. Super tankers carrying condensate, a chemical used to liquefy crude oil for transport, imported through Kitimat would be piped back to Alberta. The accompanying oil tankers would expose the coast to catastrophic oil spills. An Exxon Valdez-type disaster would have unimaginable consequences for our coastal environment and economy.
Pacific Wild addresses these Conservation Priorities in a number of ways. Utilizing the principles of conservation biology through field research, web-based educational tools and other broad-based outreach projects, Pacific Wild strives to raise awareness and educate people about this ecologically important region. By working with a diverse group of coalitions, non-government organizations, individuals, communities, First Nations and scientists, we are able to develop effective strategies and relationships that help us achieve common solutions to environmental threats.
Education is a cornerstone of Pacific Wild's approach to conservation. We further this goal by working with media, educators and others to help draw attention to current environmental threats. Please visit In the News to catch up on archived media stories and events.
2011 is an exciting year for Pacific Wild with an ongoing initiative to build an interactive web portal using non-invasive video techniques to showcase coastal ecology. See Great Bear Live to learn more.
Pacific Wild’s field office is located on Denny Island, B.C., in Heiltsuk First Nation territory - the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Having a full-time presence in the area means that we can better monitor and document any new developments. We work with mariners, pilots, local community members and others for up-to-date monitoring of threats facing the land and seas of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Public presentations are also a big part of our program. Pacific Wild's presentations have engaged audiences throughout Canada, the US and Europe. Each year our images, video and other outreach material along with first hand explorations bring the story of the Great Bear Rainforest to schools, lecture halls and many other forums. Locally, our field crews speak to passengers of charter boats, cruise ships and other vessels passing through the Great Bear Rainforest to enhance their understanding of current issues in the area. If you are interested in hosting or attending a presentation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For a listing of upcoming events, please visit Schedule of Events.