It’s being announced today that the Great Bear Rainforest will now be 85% protected, long-term. As in 3.1 million hectares – an area larger than all of Vancouver Island – will be permanently unloggable. Learn all about this fantastic news here.
Ian McAllister is a conservationist and photographer who spends a lot of time in the region, and he’s always sharing stunning photos of the place on Instagram to remind us of what’s worth protecting. Below are 10 of our favourite shots of his. Follow him here.
Humpback whale, tail slapping in the Douglas channel. One of the great success stories of our coast in recent years has been the return of these magnificent whales to their former feeding grounds. The horrific legacy of industrial whaling left these waters silent for many years but now their symphonic, mysterious and complex calls are filling the fiords, bays and channels surrounding the Great Bear Rainforest. Describing this coast as protected when less than one percent of the marine environment is in established MPA’s or marine protected areas ignores the very foundation that provides for the coastal web of life. #marineconservation #greatbearrainforest #marineprotectedarea #humpbackwhale @pacificwild @saveourseasfoundation
These two coastal wolves are living up to the old Russian proverb that says, “The wolf is fed by its feet.” There is a buzz on the coast these last few days as the BC government, timber companies, environmental groups, First Nations and others get ready to announce another Great Bear Rainforest agreement. We will be providing some input into what this latest agreement means for the coast, separating the good, the bad and the spin. After 20 plus years of campaign, research and education work -and no lack of conservation photography and film projects – it will be an interesting journey to see where we started and where we are today. Stay tuned. #greatbearrainforest #wolves @pacificwild
We used to describe Canada as the Brazil of the North because of the brutality of our logging practices, but today, we stand all on our own when it comes to the destruction of primeval forest. According to Forest Watch, Canada now leads the planet in the degradation of ancient forest, accounting for an incredible 21.4 per cent – or more than a fifth – of the worlds annual forest loss. For those of us that have been watching an increasing amount of ancient forest leave the Great Bear Rainforest on barges over the last few years this comes as no surprise. Just the idea of cutting ancient trees, many of them over a thousand years of age for toilet paper and other disposable products is right up there with the absurdity of the trophy hunt. #greatbearrainforest #ancientforest #temperaterainforest @globalforests @pacificwild
Coastal #mink, a species that travel between ocean and rainforest environments seamlessly in Canada’s #greatbearrainforest. In fact, the influence of the ocean is so strong that female mink time their reproductive cycle to coincide with the return of salmon to their natal streams. #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #wildsalmon @pacificwild
Submerged petroglyph along the proposed oil and gas tanker route in the #greatbearrainforest. When I was working on the #greatbearwild book one of the main threads of the project was to illustrate what would be impacted in the case of an oil tanker disaster if Canada went ahead with pipelines to the west coast. The #gitgaat people of Hartley Bay, one of the nations that have been fighting a heroic battle to keep tankers out of their coastal territory, arguably have more to lose than anyone in the event of a shipping disaster. I thought this image told the story of this struggle, of an ancient culture tied to the ocean and the immeasurable wealth it represents but also what this coast stands to lose if tankers are introduced to these fragile, ecologically and culturally rich waters. Imagine heavy tar sands oil covering these old works of art that have withstood countless tides. The stories they represent and the stories they have left to tell. #notankers #greatbearsea @pacificwild #gitgaatstrong #firstnations #enbridge #petronas
One of my favourite grizzly bear images I took a few years ago. This mother and her two cubs would emerge from the forest at low tide to begin their daily clam dig, the clam shells were too tough for these little cubs but they certainly managed to dig up quite a few. #greatbearrainforest #grizzlybear @pacificwild
Spirit bear siblings in Canada’s rainforest have something to be thankful for now that Prime Minister Trudeau is moving forward on legislating an oil tanker ban in the Great Bear Rainforest. Remarkable news we should all be thankful for but it does not address the tanker transport of refined fuels or LNG that cause many of the same environmental impacts. More work to be done to address a full tanker ban through these fragile and sensitive waterways but clear progress after a decade of campaigning is near. #spiritbear #nature #enbridge #notankers #greatbearrainforest @pacificwild #gitgaat #NatureAddict #wildlife