Save the Great Bear Rainforest

By: Rainforest  09-12-2011
Keywords: logging


June 28, 2011  -  ForestEthics, Greenpeace and Sierra Club BC released photos today that show increased TimberWest logging activity in the southern part of the Great Bear Rainforest is jeopardizing success of the conservation model that was established to protect the area. The forests where TimberWest operates are already the hardest hit and the least protected in the region.

April 1, 2011  -  Environmental organizations working to protect tropical rainforests around the equator have asked the British Columbia government to take the necessary steps to protect the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, as announced on March 31, 2009. The letter comes on the second anniversary of the signing of the landmark Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, and serves as a reminder to the new premier that there is still much work left to be done.

November 19, 2010  -  First Nations governments whose territories cover the Great Bear Rainforest — the Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative and the Nanwakolas Council — have received the prestigious Land Award from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia. The Great Bear Rainforest First Nations have been leaders of a landmark initiative that has already seen two million hectares protected, initial changes made to logging practices to increase conservation and first steps taken in restoring community well-being.

March 5, 2010  -  A new report, entitled “Slipping Through the Cracks? The Fate of Focal Species in the Great Bear Rainforest”, was released by Greenpeace, ForestEthics and Sierra Club BC. The report shows there is still a risk of extinction for a number of important species of conservation concern, including grizzly bears, marbled murrelets, mountain goats, northern goshawks and tailed frogs.

December 11, 2009  -  Nearly one million hectares of temperate rainforest have been newly certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in BC's Great Bear Rainforest. The forest companies who have been newly certified are Western Forest Products, Interfor, and BC Timber Sales. As buyers of wood products from the forest, Catalyst Paper and Howe Sound Pulp and Paper supported the certification process for the companies.

March 31, 2009  -  The promise made three years ago to protect one-third of British Columbia’s globally unique Great Bear Rainforest and develop the foundations for a conservation-based economy in the region has been fulfilled. The announcement lays out the tremendous ecological and economic gains for the region and the long-term commitment to ensure the health of the rainforest and communities.

March 3, 2009  -  A new report released by Greenpeace, Forest Ethics, And Sierra Club BC concludes that an ‘ecosystem based’ approach to logging in the Great Bear Rainforest would maintain old growth forest with approximately 108 million tons of carbon storage, and shows that British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest not only stores massive amounts of carbon per hectare, but is also well positioned to withstand some of the effects of climate change because of its old growth forest and location.

April 1, 2008  -  ForestEthics, Sierra Club BC and Greenpeace have collectively released a report with new scientific analysis that shows critical ecosystems are at high risk in the Great Bear Rainforest. The data shows a clear gap between the current state of conservation and full ecosystem health for the region.

May 10, 2007  -  ForestEthics, Greenpeace and Sierra Club of BC, along with coastal First Nations, several logging companies and BC Premier Gordon Campbell accepted the World Wildlife Fund’s international Gift to the Earth Award for their collaborative work on a conservation plan for BC’s Great Bear Rainforest.

January 21, 2007  -  Environmental groups welcomed the federal government's announcement that it will add $30M to complete a $120M groundbreaking conservation management & economic development initiative.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: logging