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Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest
Ian McAllister, conservationist, photographer, and longtime Great Bear Rainforest resident, takes us on a deeply personal journey from the headwaters of the region's unexplored river valleys down to the hidden depths of the offshore world. Globally renowned for its astonishing biodiversity, the Great Bear Rainforest is also one of the most endangered landscapes on the ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Greystone Books
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Visually stunning photographs throughout of the BC mid-coastal rainforest areas, and written with the language of the world view and concerns of the author, who is a co-founder of the "Pacific Wild" Foundation. He lives in, and promotes, the preservation and conservation of a large area of relatively pristine BC west coast and rainforest, a good portion of which is also traditional territory of various indigenous peoples as well as many of the large predators which live there.
McAllister's moving account of the beauties and way of life in the Great Bear Rainforest serves his cause well. I was previously unaware of this part of the world, but now understand McAllister's concerns about commercial activities in the region. After reading the book, I spent some time on the Pacific Wild website and came to admire their sustained efforts to protect the Great Bear. The author's voice in this book opened my eyes to many of those efforts. The photography in the book is ...more
Striking photographs, above and below water, from this Canadian wilderness area threatened by proposed tar-sand pipeline and tanker shipping. The text is very well written and heartfelt. Chapters cover the First Nations people living on the coast, the bears, wolves, herrings, sea mammals, and invertebrates. The author has lived in the area for over 20 years, working to preserve this unique wilderness. I found it a fascinating and moving book.
Stunning photos, and heartfelt, dire stories of ecological peril from the author's many years on the BC coast. Was happy to read a lot about contemporary First Nations society as well as stories from white Canadians doing their best to make amends for past wrongs by their ancestors. I left the book feeling scared for the future of these places, but renewed by the tenacity and wonder of the species that have called this coast home far, far longer than I ever will.
Born in Vancouver, Ian McAllister has become a leading Canadian advocate for coastal rainforest and marine wildlife protection. An award-winning author and photographer he is the founder of the wildlife conservation group Pacific Wild. He has spent the last twenty years documenting large carnivores that inhabit the rugged north coast of British Columbia. His research has been featured in many ...moreMore about Ian McAllister...