Pacific Wild Alliance is committed to mobilizing both U.S. and Canadian communities dedicated to protecting the unique diversity of the Pacific Northwest bioregions of North America.
Pacific Wild's current focus area is on the northern portion of the Pacific coast of Canada, an area known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Located between Bute Inlet to the south and the Alaskan panhandle to the north, this region contains a significant portion of the world's remaining intact temperate rainforest. Historically, this forest type occupied less than 0.2% of the earth's land mass and remains one of the rarest forest types on the planet.
Pacific Wild Alliance is committed to defending wildlife and their habitat by developing and implementing solution-based conservation strategies. PWA supports innovative research, public education, community outreach and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection in the lands and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest and the correlating migratory routes of marine mammals throughout the Pacific Northwest region. PWA pursues projects and activities through three main initiatives in order to achieve our conservation goals: ocean, land and community.
The rainforest on Canada's Pacific coast supports many threatened and globally-unique marine and terrestrial species. Over two thousand separate runs of Pacific salmon intertwine through an ecosystem rich with wildlife, including genetically-distinct wolves, the all-white spirit bear, Canada's largest grizzly bears and many species of marine mammals.
Today, seventy percent of this rainforest ecosystem is unprotected and threatened with industrial logging, mining and other resource extraction proposals. Many of the planet's large carnivores are threatened and declining in numbers and range due to habitat destruction, trophy hunting and poaching. Trophy hunting of large carnivores, such as grizzly bears and wolves, is sanctioned by the British Columbia government, and currently no marine protected areas have been established. Open net-cage salmon farms, seismic testing for oil and gas reserves, unsustainable fishing practices and multiple industrial proposals that would bring tanker traffic through the region remain some of the immediate threats to the marine environment.
Internationally, scientists and conservationists continue to promote the protection of the last wild intact functioning ecosystems in an effort to safeguard biological diversity; ancient forest protection is increasingly supported in efforts to offset the impacts of global warming.
These last remnants of wilderness remain the planet’s best opportunity to safeguard species diversity over time. Large-scale and sustained opportunities for conservation of large carnivore species, such as grizzly bears and wolves, still exist on the north coast of British Columbia.