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)
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.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/canada-protects-rainforest-logging/

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Why were compromises required?
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COMMENTS (30)
  • tarenr-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:05 p.m.

    Compromises were required because not everyone agreed with the choice. Evidence of this is located in the 6 paragraph. "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." Compromises help people agree to get what they want. Both people or groups usually agree to something the other side wants, and then they both get what they need. For this, they compromised so that they could no longer log in the Great Bear Rainforest, so they could save the different animals living there.

  • ziont-orv-orv
    2/12/2016 - 01:24 p.m.

    Wow, Canada is a great place and I am glad that hey are stopping rain forests from logging

  • cassidyl-pla
    2/15/2016 - 02:03 p.m.

    In this article, it is discussed how Canada is attempting to preserve Great Bear Rainforest. The article states that multiple groups, including native tribes and ecologically-conscious groups, have been working to get protection to the land. According to the article, a new agreement passed with save about 85% of the land in the forest. This relates to civic engagement because it shows different groups working together to promote a cause they find important. In order to get the agreement passed, native tribes, forest companies, and the government are all working together to preserve the forest, something they all deem a worthy cause to speak for/act for.

  • rezae-rei
    2/15/2016 - 04:27 p.m.

    Go Canadians go save the animals. Go save the animals in their habitats.

  • colen-hol
    2/16/2016 - 12:46 p.m.

    Wow, Canada is a great place and I am glad that hey are stopping rain forests from logging.

  • joeg-orv
    2/16/2016 - 12:52 p.m.

    They needed to make a compromise because if they were logging in that area it would destroy the bears habitat and most likely the bears themselves.

  • vemaurionp-orv
    2/16/2016 - 12:53 p.m.

    they might be dying because its getting too hot for them

  • ericae-hol
    2/17/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    This story was interesting because it talks about being a peaceful person so it's a real interesting story to read.Its also nice because they try to protect the bears from being killed

  • victoriag-hol
    2/17/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    I after with them becaus protecting animals is the right thing to do.I think they were required so they could settle peacefully.I like the fact that they want to protect grounds so they would be able to survive.

  • litzyd-
    2/20/2016 - 06:53 p.m.

    Compromises were required because they are trying to protect the forest in which many animals live in their habitat. Also there 26 tribes that still live in the forest. Some of the compromises they made was protecting animals, stop logging, and they made a 20 years of promise of land in which will protect 85% of the forest.

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