It was a great leap of faith when we started fundraising for $1.92 million two years ago. We accepted the challenge even though the exact path to that goal wasn’t clear.
We were deeply committed to safeguarding coastal carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure and we knew we had a network of friends and allies that we felt we could rely on.
You really came through! Over 700 contributions from around the world were made to help us permanently protect wolves, bears, cougars, and more in this huge tenure.
Our community really showed up for wildlife. We are grateful, humbled, and honoured by your support. Hundreds, and ultimately thousands, of animals and their offspring will live out their lives in this vast and beautiful landscape, thanks to you.
We began buying out the commercial trophy hunting rights in 2005. This is our sixth tenure and the largest at 18,239 km2. This acquisition is one more step toward our dream. We can now say that an area equal to 87.5% of the area of the Great Bear Rainforest is now free from commercial trophy hunting.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the coastal First Nations whose traditional territories overlay these tenures for their strong and clear support of this ongoing project.
We would also like to thank the many ecotourism operators on the BC coast who have steadfastly backed our work. These businesses, and the great jobs they create, depend on healthy and robust wildlife populations, and we truly appreciate their assistance. Most of all, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you, our amazing donors, for caring enough to give your incredibly generous support to this transformative initiative.
Last but not least, we want to convey our deep gratitude and appreciation to Patagonia’s Holdfast Collective for providing such extraordinary and timely support to help push this acquisition over the top.
In a world that has seen its share of bad news lately, we are delighted to deliver this wonderfully positive message to begin 2024.
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