Hunter believes that individuals have the power to make the world a better place through nature conservation. This belief is the driving force behind his life’s mission. Hunter’s passion for conservation was inspired at an early age by a family legacy of environmental education, philanthropy and the drive to protect our natural resources for future generations.
He is carrying that legacy forward as President of The Boat Company, where he has vowed to preserve and protect nature through small ship exploration, education and action. The Boat Company was started in 1979 by Hunter’s father, Michael McIntosh, who made it his life’s goal to protect the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the Northern Hemisphere: The Tongass National Forest in Southern Alaska. To do this, he created a non-profit luxury eco-cruise line that not only allowed small groups of visitors to intimately experience the wild beauty of Southern Alaska, but taught them the importance of its conservation along the way.
For Hunter, providing experience and education is not enough. He has ensured The Boat Company remain a nonprofit with a mission to protect and preserve. Working with expert conservationists, Hunter produces an annual conservation report where he outlines the organization’s priority areas and his plans to support them. In 2015, The Boat Company partnered with several environmental organizations to successfully remove a roadless rule exemption in the Tongass and save old growth forest needed for the survival of several wildlife species.
Hunter has also testified before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, submitted testimony to the committee and met with and submitted official comments to the Secretary of the Interior as well as Secretary of Agriculture overseeing the US Forest Service. His testimony has been focused on fisheries and wildlife management, land protection and preservation, and nature based tourism.