Science coordination & integration

The Central Coast is home to the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, supporting healthy populations of the iconic spirit bear, grizzly bears, orcas, coastal wolves, salmon and 1,000-year-old red cedars. No wonder this region has attracted interest from leading scientists around the world, who aim to study these coastal ecosystems and abundant biodiversity. 

CCIRA works with external researchers to ensure scientific efforts align with the priorities of Central Coast First Nations, and to ensure the Nations play a lead role in setting research objectives. Our ultimate goal is to create a fruitful synthesis between science and traditional knowledge. Our team coordinates regional science programs and works with community staff on research techniques to ensure scientific studies are efficient and useful for all Central Coast Nations.

A great blue heron mid-flight
Photo Credit: Doug Neasloss