Babine River Foundation

Who Are We?


The Babine River Foundation works with consultants to provide expert advice, research specific topics and prepare reports for the Foundation. To date, the Foundation has worked with both O.R. Travers Consultants and Pacific Analytics Inc. We anticipate that we will require additional experts in grizzly bears, integrated resource management, biology and stream hydrology as we continue our research and monitoring program.

O.R. Travers Consultants – Ray Travers

Ray is president of O.R. Travers Forestry Consultants Inc. and a specialist in forest policy analysis, forest resource planning, alternative silvicultural systems, habitat management, environmental impact assessment, ecosystem restoration, and community forestry. He has thirty-five years experience working on a wide range of land and resource issues in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

Pacific Analytics – Jim Johnson

Pacific Analytics is a firm of consulting economists based in Victoria, British Columbia specializing in economic impact analysis, economic modeling and forecasting and software development. Prior to establishing Pacific Analytics, Managing Principal, Jim Johnson worked for the BC Ministry of Finance where he was responsible for estimating the Provincial Economic Accounts and the BC Econometric Model as well as for conducting economic assessments of a variety of projects using the BC Input-Output model.

Forestry/Legal/Representative – Richard Overstall


We have received advice through Silver Hilton’s legal representatives including Clark Wilson, a law firm from Vancouver, and attorney John Ferguson of Swidler & Berlin in Washington DC.

We have also worked with the Pace Group, a public relations firm in Vancouver to organize and ensure the success of the Babine Youth Leadership Summit held in August of 2002. Other newsworthy activities are expressed through the public media including major BC and American conservation and sporting publications.

Working Relationships

We have close working relationships with several government agencies and personnel in Smithers, Victoria and Nanaimo. Over the years we have shared activities with various government ministries and have participated in such activities as fisheries compliance monitoring, gathering of biological data (tagging of steelhead etc) annual estimates of steelhead, information regarding grizzly and black bear populations, information regarding commercial interception of wild steelhead and other such activities which have influenced our operation and the Babine River watershed.

We are allied with several British Columbia conservations groups including the BC Steelhead Society, The North Coast Steelhead Alliance, which in turn has direct contact with such organizations as the Sport Fishing Advisory Board etc. We have direct relations with the Skeena System Guides Association.

The Babine River Foundation has initiated a dialogue with First Nations regarding our vision for the Babine River Watershed. Lodge owners have working relationships with First Nations whose territories include the Babine watershed, and have most recently provided assistance to First Nations mapping and watershed management teams.