Premier Clark announces completion of Great Bear Rainforest agreements this morning

The Great Bear Rainforest. Photo courtesy A.S. Wright.

Today, the B.C. government joined Indigenous leaders and representatives from environmental groups and the timber industry to announce the finalization of a 19-year effort to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, Canada’s spectacular coastal rainforest.

As a result of the new legislation, 85 per cent of the forest — the largest coastal temperate rainforest left on Earth — will be off limits to industrial logging, a total of 2.4 million hectares. The announcement, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver, is hailed as “precedent-setting” for the future of conservation and sustainable forestry by non-profit environmental group Canopy.

Read the full story on National Observer.

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