THE CONSERVATION ECONOMY & CONSERVATION LICENCING FEES
The Grizzly Bear Foundation and the Commercial Bear Viewing Association work in collaboration to advocate for grizzly bear conservation and the bear-viewing industry – the two go hand in hand.
Following the 2017 closure of the grizzly bear hunt in British Columbia, bear-viewing operators committed to supporting bear conservation through the new Conservation License Fee. By 2019, all CBVA operators had begun collecting the fee from every guest: $10/visitor (day trip) or $25/visitor (multi-day trip). More than $114,000 was raised that first year. To date, more than $200,000 has been raised for bear conservation. Annually, a percentage of these funds support the Grizzly Bear Foundation’s research, education, and advocacy efforts for the welfare and conservation of grizzly bears.