The ECOreport reposts a report that though the park is now protected, hunting bears in the Great Bear Rainforest remains legal
Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation
By David Suzuki
The agreement between government, industry, First Nations and environmental groups to protect much of the Great Bear Rainforest should be celebrated. The deal makes almost 85 per cent of the forested land base in this massive region on B.C.’s coast off limits to logging. Forestry in the remaining 15 per cent will follow “lighter-touch” practices, called “ecosystem-based management”. Most importantly, First Nations will have greater decision-making authority over industrial development on their lands. However, while the agreement helps protect grizzly bear and other wildlife habitat, it doesn’t protect the bears themselves, contrary to B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s claims at a news conference. Hunting bears in the Great Bear Rainforest remains legal.
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