OC, OBC, PhD
Chair, Public Advisory Board, 1981-2000
Ian was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Public Advisory Board of the Habitat Conservation Fund in 1981. He served in that capacity as a volunteer for 15 years. He served a further 4 years as Chair once the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund was formed in 1996. His encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world and his administrative expertise made him an invaluable leader in establishing the fund and guiding public input into its conservation work.
When McTaggart-Cowan ended his nearly two-decade-long leadership with HCTF, he looked back at the work accomplished with great pride.
"Twenty years ago, with governments everywhere cutting back on the money allocated to the management and protection of wildlife resources, the hunters and anglers volunteered to accept an increase on all hunting and fishing licenses provided that the money was earmarked for improvement of habitat for wildlife. This has resulted in the expenditure of millions of dollars on a wide variety of projects to benefit wildlife and fresh water fisheries that would otherwise not have occurred...
Truly, no other group in society has demonstrated such dedication to the preservation of wild places and wild creatures of our land."
For more information about Dr. McTaggart Cowan’s lifetime contribution to conservation, read the feature article appearing in the Spring 2004 edition of Discovery, the magazine of the Vancouver Natural History Society and the tribute to Ian’s dedication to conservation, printed in the Canadian Field Naturalist.