Wade Davis, a man dubbed Canada’s contemporary Indiana Jones, has been working to safeguard a Switzerland-size area from big industry exploits since the late ’70s.
And together with local First Nations bands, hunters, fishermen, and environmental groups like the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, British Columbia’s Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park—where the headwaters of the Skeena, Stikine, and Nass rivers reside—continues to have remarkable sentries on its side.
B.C.’s Coast Mountain Culture Magazine chronicles their journey.
“Our job description was deliciously vague: wilderness assessment and public relations,” recounts Davis of his 1978 posting to Spatsizi. “Aside from the guide outfitters, Reg and Ray Collingwood, and their small crew of wranglers, cooks, bush pilots, and hunters, we encountered in two long seasons perhaps a dozen visitors.” Back then, it was for Davis an opportunity to experience the wild as John Muir had in all of his travels.