I wish you could feel the breeze blowing off the glaciers that surround the Kitlope conservancy. I wish you could see its trees, some over 1,000 years old. I wish you could witness its wildlife from mountain goats, to grizzly bear, black bear, wolf and wolverine.
I first visited the Kitlope Valley thirty years ago aboard the Maple Leaf at the invitation of the Haisla and Xenaksiala people who were fighting to save their homeland from clearcut logging. This was the beginning of my own journey into the world of conservation and where I met Cecil Paul, a hereditary chief of the Xenaksiala. In August of 1994, Cecil was instrumental in winning protection for the Kitlope from logging, the world’s largest intact area of coastal temperate rainforest. One of Cecil’s remaining wishes is that commercial guides no longer bring trophy hunters into this magical place.
We now stand within sight of achieving precisely that. Once we buy these rights, no commercial trophy hunters will ever again enter the Kitlope Conservancy or the surrounding area.
Through the summer we’ve written grants, sold a donated boat and generally hustled to get us within reach of the home stretch. If we can raise a further $40,000 by the end of October, to reach $550,000, two donors have confirmed that they will step up to match half of the funds needed to get us to our final goal of $650,000.
Your donation is a vital step in ending commercial trophy hunting throughout the entire Great Bear Rainforest. 2020 needs some good news and our acquisition of the Kitlope tenure would surely fill the bill.
For the Kitlope and the realization of the dream of my brother, Cecil Paul.