Canada protects rainforest from logging Daniel Cranmer, of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation, from left, Andy Everson, of the Comox First Nation, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark listen during an announcement regarding protecting British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP/Thinkstock)
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British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest has been largely protected from logging in a landmark agreement among aboriginals, forest companies, environmental groups and the government.
 
Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia announced the agreement. The land-sharing deal, 20 years in the making, will protect 85 percent of the world's largest intact temperate rainforest, located about 435 miles northwest of Vancouver.
 
The Great Bear Rainforest, stretching from the Discovery Islands northwards to Alaska, is 16 million acres, and more than half the region is covered by ancient forests. The agreement ensures 7.7 million acres of the forests are permanently off limits to logging.
 
Environmentalist Richard Brooks said 95 percent of the area was open to logging 20 years ago, but protests, blockades and ensuing negotiations resulted in the new agreement that ensures most of the forests will not be logged.
 
Twenty-six aboriginal tribes, environmental groups, coastal forest companies and the government reached the agreement. It is the territory of 26 aboriginal tribes.
 
Coast Forest Products Association chief executive officer Rick Jeffery said the deal involved complex talks between groups with opposing points of view, but compromise and success was achieved over time.
 
"It's unprecedented in the history of our province," said Jeffery. "It's a unique solution for a unique area."
 
The agreement also ends the commercial grizzly bear hunt and protects habitat for the marbled murrelet, northern goshawk and mountain goat.
 
The area was officially named the Great Bear Rainforest by then-premier Gordon Campbell in 2006. Environmentalists had given the area the name years before that in an effort to protect the central coast from logging.

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Why were compromises required?
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COMMENTS (29)
  • brooklynf-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:20 p.m.

    There were compromises required to this area because of the wildlife and it is largely protected.

  • mattv-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:20 p.m.

    Compromises were required due to the fact that if one side did not give up some of it's ideas, they would not agree and therefor they would begin to cut down the forests.

  • haleyd1-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:20 p.m.

    Compromise is required to create this agreement took about 20 years, but now the forest will be protected from logging and grizzly bears will no longer be commercially hunted.

  • travisb-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:20 p.m.

    Compromises were required because Canada holds lots of rainforest and logging companies. The companies bought their land from the government, so its not right to take land they just bought from them, so they compromised.

  • austing-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    Compromises were required because the earlier compromises would have destroyed most of the forests and many of the natives land.

  • brooklynk-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    Compromises were required because tribes and several species of animals were loosing their land due to logging.

  • jacih-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    Compromising is so important because it is used to create this agreement that took about 20 years.

  • mimir-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:22 p.m.

    Compromises were required because otherwise fighting and arguments would break out. Also, for the protection of species and people in the areas.

  • hollyk-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:23 p.m.

    Compromises were required because they want to protect the Rain Forest.

  • kolbyd-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:23 p.m.

    They were required because there were so many people for it and against it so they had to settle it.

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