Canada protects rainforest from logging
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.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/teen/canada-protects-rainforest-logging/

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Why were compromises required?
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COMMENTS (29)
  • callans-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    Compromises are required because one group won't agree unless they get something out of it. If a situation was totally one sided, then there will be less people who agree.

  • ethanw-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    Compromises were required because 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.

  • elizabetht-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    Compromises were required because the native tribes of the Great Bear Rainforest because the tribe was concerned about the logging issue and the killing of Grizzlies. The people of Canada also protested to have the rainforest protected from logging and the issue of Grizzlies being killed. The Canadian government negotiated to save a large portion of the forest and to protect the over-commercial hunting of the grizzlies.

  • johnj-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    Compromises were required because the forest needed to be protected from logging and grizzly bears, this agreement took about 20 years.

  • hannaha-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:25 p.m.

    Compromises were required because the forest and bears needed to be protected.

  • connorh-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:26 p.m.

    Compromises were required because 26 other tribes wanted the territory.

  • calaabj-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:27 p.m.

    Compromises were required so that he temperate rain forest could be protected from logging and also few animals.

  • noahi-fel
    3/04/2016 - 02:40 p.m.

    Because they wouldn't just idmediatly stop

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    3/06/2016 - 05:48 p.m.

    Compromises were required to reach an agreement between logging companies, aboriginal tribes, environmental groups, and the government. It's great to see people working to protect nature. I'd like to see more work like this being done in the U.S.

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