Great Bear Rainforest
The lush, sacred, 21 million acre Great Bear Rainforest, of B.C. Pacific Northwest, Canada, was created and named by environmental groups and First Nations Groups (whom also coined the name “Spirit Bear”) in the mid 90s, was set aside as the largest protested temperate rainforest in the world, to protect logging and housing developments from encroaching further on bear’s territories, also giving complete protection the rare Kermode Spirit Bear, making it illegal to shoot the White Bear.
This prime, coastal wilderness now teems with salmon and spirit bears!
The majestic Great Bear Rainforest was formed after years of conflict, protests and negotiations;
“The 2006 agreement between the BC government and a wide coalition of conservationists, loggers, hunters, and First Nations established a series of conservancies stretching 400 kilometres (250 mi) along the coast.The proposed protected areas will contain 18,000 square kilometres (6,900 sq mi), and another 46,900 square kilometres (18,100 sq mi) that is to be run under a management plan that is expected to ensure sustainable forest management.”
Please click here for complete information on the history and formation of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Great, short Greenpeace video story on
The Great Bear Rainforest;
The Nature Conservancy and Ian McAllister; A Healthy Future for the Great Bear Rainforest;
Great Bear Rainforest Filmmakers extraordinaire!
No filmmakers have contributed to raising awareness on this vast Canadian coastal wilderness more than
Ian and Karen McAllister of PacificWild.org Their groundbreaking and comprehensive book
“The Great Bear Rainforest: Canada’s Forgotten Coast” is both a joy and education to read;
From the Inside Flap;
“On Canada’s west coast between the north end of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border, a wilderness region the size of two Switzerlands, winds through 250 miles of forested islands and inlets. It is the largest tract of intact temperate rainforest left on earth. Now becoming known as the Great Bear Rainforest, this vast wilderness is laced with some eighty pristine river systems whose abundant runs of Pacific salmon support dense concentrations of rainforest wildlife, including Canada’s largest grizzly bears and the rare all-white spirit bear. Only recently, the threat of devastation by clear cut logging has brought this last great stand of endangered rainforest to international notice.
The Great Bear Rainforest: Canada’s Forgotten Coast, by Ian McAllister and Karen McAllister with Cameron Young, offers the world its first in-depth view of this remarkable but long overlooked area. Combining an authoritative but readable text with over 150 breathtaking full-color photographs of wild bears and never-before-seen landscapes, the book takes the reader on an unforgettable tour of one of the world’s most amazing wilderness areas. After exploring the northern BC rain coast on these pages, no one will remain indifferent to the fate of this irreplaceable natural wonder.”
As a fellow filmmaker of bears, I know the sacrifices the McAllisters made as they pioneered their research and filming along the treacherous coastal waters of British Columbia. Sailors around the world avoid these waters as some of the hardest to navigate in the world! I can easily visualize them sailing slowing along in the chilly, ubiquitous BC fog, waiting patiently with zoom lens for that rare Sea Wolf, or White Spirit Bear, or Spawning Salmon or the awesome Grizzly Bear. Or more amazing yet, is Ian’s underwater filming, sharing with the world some of the first ever footage on the underwater world of the GBR.
Check out some of Ian’s stunning underwater footage; “The Lost World Below The Great Bear”;
Check out Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read’s excellent book
“The Great Bear Sea: Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise“;
Reviews on “The Great Bear Sea” by McAllister and Read;
“Generous quantities of excellent nature photos include engaging close-ups of otter and seal faces, dramatic shots of humpback whales and other finny mammals breaching, and particularly dazzling close-ups of sea stars and other residents of intertidal zones. Along with plenty of eye candy, though, the whole notion that a rainforest ecosystem doesn’t stop at the shoreline makes this particularly valuable for students of ecology and environmental conservation. A handsome, well-designed introduction.” (Booklist 2013-09-15)
“There’s an incredibly strong sense of place in the images and sensory detail in this presentation. As in the earlier books, the style of writing makes this book a most engaging read. It’s highly appealing conversational tone is both entertaining and informative…The book does a superb job of underlining the interconnectedness of life in the entire Great Bear Rainforest ecosystem—including the sea—and leaves readers with a certainty that this unique and spectacular place deserves our interest, our respect and our efforts to keep it intact. Highly Recommended.” (CM Magazine 2013-09-13)
“The ecological emphasis is timely and worthwhile.” (School Library Journal 2013-10-01)
“A colorful mix of informational text and contextual photography…Loaded with sidebars and fun facts…The book advocates thoughtfully for conservation and environmental protection…An important book [that] should be widely read…Makes an articulate plea on behalf of the creatures—including humans—who live in this exquisite, ecologically sensitive region.” (Resource Links 2013-10-01)
Another phenomenal book by McAllister and Read is
“The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest“;
“The Sea Wolves sets out to disprove the notion of “”the Big Bad Wolf,”” especially as it is applied to coastal wolves–a unique strain of wolf that lives in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada. Genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves can swim like otters and fish like the bears with whom they share the rainforest. Smaller than the gray wolves that live on the other side of the Coast Mountains, these wolves are highly social and fiercely intelligent creatures. Living in the isolated wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest, coastal wolves have also enjoyed a unique relationship with man. The First Nations people, who have shared their territory for thousands of years, do not see them as a nuisance species but instead have long offered the wolf a place of respect and admiration within their culture. Illustrated with almost one hundred of Ian McAllister’s magnificent photographs, The Sea Wolves presents a strong case for the importance of preserving the Great Bear Rainforest for the wolves, the bears and the other unique creatures that live there.”
The Last Wild Wolves: Ghosts of the Rain Forest;
And “The Salmon Bears: Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest” by McAllister and Read is an excellent, entertaining and educational book with fabulous photography on the BC Black Bear, the giant Grizzly, the rare Spirit Bear;
Description of The Salmon Bears from Pacific Wild;
“Extensively illustrated with Ian McAllister’s photographs, “The Salmon Bears” explores the delicate balance that exists between the grizzly, black and spirit bears that inhabit the last great wilderness along the central coast of British Columbia and their natural environment. Key to this relationship are the salmon that are born in the rivers each spring, who then go out to sea as juveniles and return as adults to spawn and die, completing a cycle of life that ensures the survival of not only their own species but also virtually every other plant and animal in the rainforest.
In clear language suitable for young readers, the authors describe the day-to-day activities that define the lives of these bears through the four seasons. But this is also very much the story of the Great Bear Rainforest-a vast tract of land that stretches from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border and contains some of the largest stands of old-growth forest left on the West Coast. The Salmon Bears focuses on the interconnectedness of all life in the rainforest and makes a strong case for the importance of protecting this vital ecological resource.”
Legends from the Great Bear Rainforest
“A film documenting the rare white Spirit Bear of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. The Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation in partnership with environmental groups and the BC Government created the world’s only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy”;