YA-Magnificent photographs and crisp prose make a powerful statement about the need to protect the largest tract of intact temperate rainforest on Earth. Until the authors embarked on their sailing odyssey from the northern border of the United States to the panhandle of Alaska, no one had undertaken an environmental inventory of the western Canadian coastline. This area is the home of the coastal grizzly bear and teems with wildlife and old-growth trees. The grizzly's dwindling numbers indicate the historic decline of natural wilderness throughout a sizable portion of the northwestern hemisphere. The authors make the case that only by protecting very large tracts of this coastline from logging and mining can the character of this environment be preserved. At first glance, this work might appear to be another coffee-table book, but its main purpose is to inform and motivate. The panoramic views, intimate shots of flora and fauna, chronicle of the social history of the area, and generous maps make this title beautiful as well as timely. It is unfortunate that the index merely lists references to locations noted in the text rather than to biological information, which would have made it more useful for research.
Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Ian McAllister is a nature photographer, writer and conservationist who has dedicated his life to exploring the remote wilds of the BC coast. Ian is a founding member of the Raincoast Conservation Society, and his images have appeared in numerous publications including International Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, Audubon, Sierra, and Beautiful British Columbia. The Great Bear Rainforest is his first book.
Karen McAllister is a conservationist with a special interest in the flora of BC's mainland coast. Born and raised in Alberta's Rocky Mountains, she studied biology and environmental studies at the University of Victoria. She is a founding member of the Raincoast Conservation Society. The Great Bear Rainforest is her first book.
Cameron Young teaches journalism at the University of Victoria and is an environmental writier specializing in ancient temperate rainforest. He is the author of Clayoquot on the Wild Side and the award-winning Forests of British Columbia. He assisted Ian and Karen McAllister in the writing of The Great Bear Rainforest: Canada's Forgotten Coast, the winner of the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award for BC Book of the Year.