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.

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Why were compromises required?
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  • walkerh-
    2/21/2016 - 12:54 p.m.

    Compromises were required so that ever one the agreed to stop logging in the rainforest. If compromises were not required they would have never agreed on the restrictions for logging in the rainforest.

  • zachs-kut
    2/23/2016 - 08:52 a.m.

    This was really cool when the bears are normally not protected from logging it is usually tourists.

  • mackenzieb-coo
    2/23/2016 - 10:42 a.m.

    it is so cool how people had to agree with other people to save the bears. it is sad how some people don't even care about animals. some people don't like animals because they are scary but that does not me u have to kill them or endanger them.

  • oliviaw-4-bar
    2/26/2016 - 10:20 a.m.

    Canada's Great Bear Rainforest is now safe from the grueling dangers of logging, and grizzly hunting. This agreement between aboriginals and the Canadian government stretches 16 million acres and ensures that 7.7 million of those acres go untouched by loggers and hunters. Although this deal is not one hundred percent in favor of what many people say is the moral approach, the issue required compromise, and is, in fact, a leap forward to twenty years ago when, "95 percent of the area was open to logging." This article, and it's compromise really made my day, as I now know that millions of animals and billions of plants are ensured safety in British Columbia.

  • ben-
    3/08/2016 - 12:44 p.m.

    The story I read was about bears and how a foundation has ban 7.7 million acres from logging. The story also talked about saving land from being logged in the rainforests

  • jordans-kut
    3/08/2016 - 04:54 p.m.

    this article is very specific about not to log good thing they keep this area from getting logged, because I think this place would already be destroyed by now. I liked this article it shows that if you are destroying these habitats for these animals than you are destroying your habitat to.

  • sean1116-byo
    5/03/2016 - 08:46 p.m.

    This article was an awesome article. I think that preserving our rain forests is a really good way to save our Earth. rain forests are good for our Earth because it acts as Earth's lungs. It takes in carbon dioxide and that is a good way to prevent global warming. Also this habitat is homes to many animals that keeps the environment in check. For example some carnivorous animals make sure that earth is not over populated by other animals. I think now we will be able to have a steady future by protecting out rain forests.

  • elainak-sti
    5/11/2016 - 01:26 p.m.

    Compromises were required because they were between groups with opposing points of view.

  • gino1-sch
    1/24/2017 - 12:42 p.m.

    yeah me too its way too hot

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