My name is David Loewen. I grew up on on Haida Gwaii – formerly referred to as the Queen Charlotte Islands – off the coast of British Columbia. Salmon have been a pretty steady influence in my life; from early years growing up on the Tlell River to several years of salmon habitat restoration and reclamation, advocacy, and inventory-related work on Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island.
In 2001, a little tired and frustrated with the status-quo and highly polarized debates surrounding how we relate with salmon – I set out on a 10,000 km bicycle trip – The Wild Salmon Cycle – between Inuvik, NWT and Los Angeles, CA.
In 2002, I was awarded a Canadian Environmental Award from Canadian Geographic and Environment Canada.
In 2003 I completed the trip by riding into Victoria, BC. The ride was completed in three separate legs.
- Leg 1: NWT, Yukon, and Alaska;
- Leg 2: California, Oregon, and Washington;
- Leg 3: Yukon and BC.
I currently live in in the central BC interior with my wife and our three kids – the latest arrived in early December.
I am in the process of completing two books. The first, is the story behind why and how The Wild Salmon Cycle came to be with some thoughts and ideas about changing the way we approach caring for wild salmon (parallels with material in posts on this site, however more in-depth). I am self publishing and releasing this book in February/March 2010 and hitting the road to market and sell (let me know if I should be coming to your community)
The second is my journals from the ride. I have anecdotes and stories from the ride in the first book; however, the journals are a raw account of my emotions and experiences through the three years that it took to finish the trip (I originally planned to be done the ride in six months).