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Huge Win for Protection of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

A landmark deal has been struck between Indigenous tribes, timber firms and environmental groups in Canada. They are officially in agreement to protect one of the world’s largest remaining tracts of temperate rainforest: The Great Bear Rainforest, on the Pacific coast of British Columbia.

By Jon Rawlinson - This is not a polar bear. This is a spirit bear (screenshot from footage he shot in the great bear rainforest), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44204687

It is a home to thousands of species of trees and animals, like the bald eagle, the harbor seal, the wolf, and of course, the majestic spirit bear- a rare sub-species of the black bear with white fur. It is also home to 26 aboriginal groups, known as First Nations.

Logging will be banned across a huge area of the forest. Environmental campaigners say the deal is a model for resolving similar land-use disputes around the world. Thank-you YouTube Channel ProvinceofBC for the fantastic following footage. It really tug at my heartstrings!

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6n9tFQOVepHP3TIeYXnhSA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWtvgIUaerY

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35467660

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Bear_Rainforest#/media/File:Ursus_americanus_kermodei,_Great_Bear_Rainforest_1.jpg

 

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