With so much interest in our May 30 – June 6th Spring in the Great Bear Rainforest expedition, we’ve extended our collaboration with Sierra Club BC to explore this region in greater depth this spring. The more awareness to showcase this last great rainforest, the better opportunities we have to teach others about the fragility of this region and the need to protect it.
Our extended sailing departs on May 22 from Bella Bella, BC, returning on May 29th. Sierra Club BC’s Forest and BiodiversityCampaigner, Mark Worthing will be joining us aboard the Passing Cloud as forest ambassador and onboard naturalist for this extended expedition.
As a multidisciplinary activist, naturalist, and journalist Mark brings affinity for the wilder landscapes of British Columbia to the Outer Shores team. His experience with Green Peace has put him on the front lines of many environmental issues up and down the BC Coast and beyond. Mark has no trouble facing difficult issues head on and is passionate about protecting our wild spaces, and working closely with First Nation communities.
“I take my leadership from Kwakwaka’wakw communities, the Wuikinuxv, the Nuxalk, Heiltsuk and many other inland and coastal First Nations, who do the vast majority of the work to defend their homelands from industrial incursions. When communities come together in solidarity, we can defeat the biggest corporate bullies through a diversity of tactics,” says Worthing.
Witness the region come to life again after a long winter’s rest with spring flora bursting in bloom, attracting emerging bears from hibernation. Humpback, fin, and killer whales begin their migration through the region, some not having left at all, thriving in the nutrient-rich biodiversity of the marine ecosystem. We’ll search for recovering sea otter populations who have made the outer islands of the Great Bear Rainforest home again after nearly a century of extirpation. Discover the colossal cedar and Sitka spruce trees that make up this vast rainforest as we walk along animal trails that skirt the shorelines.
“We will be able to stand under the canopy of trees that were already 500 years old when Nicolaus Copernicus developed his theory that the earth was flat and that the sun was the centre of the universe. We will see the difference between medium productivity forests and ecosystems that receive annual fertilization and nutrients from ancient salmon runs,” Worthing adds.
Partial proceeds from each of these featured expeditions will go towards Sierra Club BC’s Great Bear Rainforest Campaign to help monitor and maintain the ecosystem-based forest management system, set in place with the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements signed in February 2016 between First Nations, Government, industry, and environmental organizations.
Learn more About this expedition: http://outershores.ca/expeditions/great-bear-rainforest/great-bear-rainforest-spring/