Wild Harvest Initiative

The Wild Harvest Initiative has the potential to change the conversation about the benefits of hunting and angling and the value of our wild lands and waters.

The Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia (GOABC) is pleased to support Conservation Visions Inc. and the Wild Harvest Initiative. “The Wild Harvest Initiative might just be one of the most significant conservation projects that we have seen in our lifetime,” said Michael Schneider, Past President, GOABC. The Wild Harvest Initiative is a multi-year project designed to accurately measure the biomass of wild protein harvested by hunters and anglers in the United States and Canada. It also assesses the nutritional, cultural, and economic value of this harvest, as well as the ecological costs of hypothetically replacing this food through modern agriculture.

"Do you ever think about where your food comes from? How it was procured? Hunters and anglers know EXACTLY where their food comes from.  While not everyone personally chooses to hunt or fish, we can agree that these activities do procure a significant amount of healthy, organic rich food by humans."

- Shane Mahoney, CEO, Conservation Visions

The Wild Harvest Initiative® as explained by Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions.

Learn more about Conservation Visions at http://conservationvisions.com

“Modern society increasingly demands healthier food and more humane treatment of the animals we consume. Fish and wildlife living in their natural habitats provide us with truly organic, free-range food. We are excited to help Conservation Visions quantify the value of this natural harvest.”

- Michael Schneider, Past President, GOABC.

Mark Werner, Past President, GOABC said, “We have been partnering with Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions, for years on significant conservation programs. The Wild Harvest Initiative has the potential to change the conversation about the benefits of hunting and angling and the value of our wild lands and waters. Food security and access to healthy food should be of concern to everyone, and legally harvesting our wild resources can play a big role in achieving these goals. I am pleased to see that support for the Wild Harvest Initiative is growing in both Canada and the U.S., and I encourage all organizations to join us as we move forward with this landmark project.”

About Shane Mahoney

Shane Mahoney is considered one of the leading international authorities on wildlife conservation.

A rare combination of historian, scientist and philosopher, Shane brings a unique perspective to wildlife issues that inspires and motivates audiences around the world. Named one of the Ten Most Influential Canadian Conservationists by Outdoor Canada Magazine and nominated for Person of the Year by Outdoor Life Magazine, he has received numerous awards including the Public Service Award of Excellence from the government of Newfoundland and Labrador and International Conservationist of the Year from Safari Club International.

Born and raised in Newfoundland, he brings to his writings and lectures a profound commitment to rural societies, and the sustainable use of natural resources, including fish and wildlife.

For more information please contact Scott Ellis, Executive Director, GOABC at ellis@goabc.org or 604-541-6332.

Shane Mahoney speaks at Premier's BC Natural Resource Forum