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)
Canada protects rainforest from logging
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British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest has been largely protected from logging in a landmark agreement. It's a deal among aboriginals, forest companies, environmental groups and the Canadian government.
 
Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia announced the agreement. The land-sharing deal is 20 years in the making and will protect 85 percent of the world's largest intact temperate rainforest. The land is located about 435 miles northwest of Vancouver.
 
The Great Bear Rainforest stretches from the Discovery Islands northwards to Alaska and is 16 million acres. 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. It ensures most of the forests will not be logged.
 
Twenty-six aboriginal tribes, environmental groups, coastal forest companies and the government reached the agreement. The land is the territory of 26 aboriginal tribes.
 
Coast Forest Products Association chief executive officer Rick Jeffery said the deal involved complex talks. They were 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.  It also 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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COMMENTS (30)
  • sams1-ver
    2/10/2016 - 08:39 a.m.

    i think that they are dieing because it is getting too hot for them

  • alexad-hol
    2/10/2016 - 10:37 a.m.

    That's crazy more the half of the region was used.

  • serigoa-hol
    2/10/2016 - 12:18 p.m.

    This is cool and has animals

    • rezae-rei
      2/15/2016 - 04:33 p.m.

      I know right

  • nancin-612-
    2/10/2016 - 02:34 p.m.

    This is great because nobody really care about animals in the forests and how it can damage the environment around them.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    2/10/2016 - 09:26 p.m.

    The people might have wanted to protect their rainforest in Canada because people might have wanted to prevent the logging of the rainforest in Canada because people might have cared about the living things that are endangered by people. The rainforest might have been special to the animals that are endangered which people are trying to protect the animals that are endangered from the logging of forests. The people might have wanted to stop people to keep on chopping down the forest for more room to make cities and farmland in Canada for people to be living in. People might have cared a lot more about the forest and the animals because people might have wanted to keep some animals that are endangered safe from being extincted from the world.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why were compromises required?
    Answer: Because compromises are needed to keep things safe from people that are needed for people to be expanding their facility.

  • dremonieb-wes
    2/11/2016 - 09:11 a.m.

    If compromise wasn't required they would have not agreed on the same thing and wouldn't be able to do the transaction. That's why compromise is required.

  • carsonb-2-bar
    2/11/2016 - 05:34 p.m.

    Aboriginals, forest companies, environmental groups and the Canadian government make an agreement to protect British Columbia's Rain Forest. The deal took 20 years to make and will protect 85% of the world's largest temperate rainforest. It covers 16 Million acres and makes sure 7.7 million acres go untouched by logging. Compromises were required because some people wanted to protect the land while others wanted to log the land and sell the lumber. Without the compromises the land would not be protected. I liked the article and the fact a compromise was reached to save the land and preserve it. The agreement also ends grizzly bear hunting and protects animals.

  • kaleal-2-bar
    2/11/2016 - 11:20 p.m.

    compromises were required so that they could settle disputes peacefully. I thought this article was interesting because I am concerned about animals and their habitats.

  • sheridanm-6-bar
    2/12/2016 - 01:58 a.m.

    Compromises were required because there are two groups with opposing views and ideas deciding either to log or not. "Coast Forest Products Association chief executive officer Rick Jeffery said the deal involved complex talks. They were between groups with opposing points of view." The two groups will have to compromise for a decision to be made. I enjoyed this article because it surprised me that barely half of the forest is protected from logging.

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