Founder and first president of Friends of the Rattlesnake (FOR), 1972-1976; an organization setup to promote and save the Rattlesnake Valley near Missoula, Montana as a wilderness area. This was achieved in 1980.
1974: Recipient of the Geb Hart Conservation Award from the University of Montana for the initiation and success of saving the Rattlesnake Valley as a wilderness area. President Carter signed the legislation in 1980 for the Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area, four miles north of Missoula, Montana.
1987: Published the book Flora of the University Endowment Lands in an effort to save the Endowment Lands as a Regional Park. He sold 3300 copies of the book in the Vancouver area. Premier Vander Zalm signed the legislation in 1987 making the UEL the Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
1994: Recipient of the first University of British Columbia Environmental Award for being the first department on campus (Department of Botany) to successfully complete WHMIS training for all employees, and for successfully labelling 7,000 chemicals in approximately 15 research labs with appropriate workplace labels according to WHMIS standards.
Director of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC from 1992 to present; served as President and Executive Director from 1996-2002, and 2005-2008. This is an advocacy group of 4,000 members for non-motorized recreation in the Province of BC.
President of Save Our Parkland Association from 2002-2005. An advocacy group responsible for saving the Strathcona Lands in Vancouver as the Van Dusen Gardens, and other local and regional parks.
Chair of the Backcountry Forum from 2001-2005. This was a provincial sponsored forum which brought together non-motorized recreationists, motorized recreationists, and commercial tenured recreationists. The goal was to achieve agreement on how to utilize and share the backcountry of the Sea to Sky country. This was achieved in signed agreement in spring of 2005. Twenty-six groups were involved in these decisions. The solution was then put into the Land Resource Management Plan (LRMP) process that started in 2002. This process is was completed in 2010. He represented both the motorized and non-motorized recreationists at the LRMP table.
President of Hike BC from 1998-present. Hike BC is an organization mandated to complete the National Hiking Trail/Sentier Pedestre National in BC. The Lower Mainland section is mostly completed. There is a rough route from Bella Coola to Jasper National Park. The route on Vancouver Island Section is just beginning. He is also President of Hike Canada en Marche, the national body overseeing the trail from BC to Newfoundland (2005-2010).
Volunteer on the Surrey and Metro Vancouver Agriculture Advisory Committees (Surrey: 1996-present; Metro Vancouver: 2005-present) to advise the city and regional governments on the best use of the Agriculture Land Reserve. This committee achieved a ‘no net loss’ policy in Surrey. This means that any land taken out of the ALR in Surrey must be replaced by other land (twice the size) in Surrey.
In October 2010, the Village of Lions Bay named a trail after Pat because of his work at negotiating a successful solution over a twenty year dispute between hikers and the village residents regarding the parking issue at the Mt. Brunswick trail head. He feels most honoured to have a trail named after him (The Harrison Trail).
Chair of the Centre for Environmental Sustainability at UFV (2011); member since 2003.
US Army 1967-1970; reached the rank of Staff Sergeant
US Park Ranger 1970-1975 at Mount Rainier Park
Botany Instructor 1975-1980, 1983-1990 at the University of British Columbia
Biology Instructor 1981-1983 at Eastern Washington University
Administrator 1990-1996 at the University of British Columbia
Biology Instructor 2003-present at the University of the Fraser Valley
Owner and Operator of the Historic Collishaw Organic Blueberry Farm 1995-present
BA in Zoology 1965, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
MA in Botany 1976, Unversiy of Montana, Missoula, Montana
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