Colleen McCrory is a tireless conservationist and campaigner for the world's largest remaining temperate rainforest in Canada. She is the Executive Director of the Valhalla Wilderness Society in British Columbia and founded Canada's Future Forest Alliance (CFFA), a network of grassroots forest protection groups across Canada dedicated to promoting the protection of Canadian forests and improved forest management. The alliance spans a broad cross-section of groups, including native communities and labour unions.
The Valhalla Wilderness Society was founded in 1975 and after intensive lobbying and campaigning the Society succeeded in the establishment of the 49,600 hectare Valhalla Provincial Park in 1988. Colleen was also instrumental establishing the South Moresby National Park Reserve in the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1987. As coordinator of the British Columbia Environmental Network from 1989 to 1990, she organized environmental activists working on issues such as mining in provincial parks and forestry. In 1990 she travelled across the country documenting the pulp and paper industry's plans to double logging in Canada.
Since 1992, McCrory has taken her "Brazil of the North" campaign to Brazil, Japan and other countries. In the process, she has been involved with the formation of the Taiga Rescue Network, a coordinated international effort to protect the boreal forests of the world. She has also turned her attention closer to home, when logging has threatened her hometown of New Denver, British Columbia. Specialists contended that the Perry Ridge and Denver Flats areas should not be logged due to risks of slope failure, debris torrents and contamination of drinking water. McCrory has been at the forefront of citizen blockades and efforts to publicize the campaign against logging in the fragile ecosystem.
Colleen McCrory is a laureate of the Goldman Environmental Prize (1992).
Colleen McCrory Box 329 New Denver, British Columbia, V0G 1S0 'Canada '