Pacific Wild is a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific coast. Pacific Wild works in collaboration with First Nations communities, scientists, organizations and individuals, Pacific Wild supports innovative research, public education, community outreach and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection in the lands of the Great Bear Rainforest.
A cornerstone of Pacific Wild’s conservation work is visual storytelling and impactful communications, and they have produced several award-winning documentaries and books about the region. Founders Karen and Ian McAllister’s initial years of exploration of its endangered river valleys inspired them to co-author The Great Bear Rainforest, which is credited with sparking an international campaign to protect this area from clear-cut logging. In 2006, 30% of the landmass was set aside in various conservancy designations as part of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement.
With a year-round presence in the field, Pacific Wild campaigns on a number of issues: participating in Marine Protected Area (MPA) planning, with a goal of 20% by 2020, and continuing our work to protect wild salmon and herring. Forest conservation remains a priority as old growth forests in many salmon-producing river valleys and islands are still being logged an unsustainable rate, causing habitat loss and fragmentation.
The profile of the Great Bear Rainforest will be further elevated with the release of Great Bear Rainforest – Land of the Spirit Bear, an IMAX© feature-length documentary co-produced by Ian McAllister, in February 2019. Science, First Nations culture, natural history and the environment will inspire and reach viewers across Canada and around the world. A suite of educational tools and resources in association with the film will be developed by Pacific Wild to further engage children and youth in conservation.
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All Photography and video © Ian McAllister