Save the Spirit Bear Coast

May 2009

Land of the Spirit Bear granted protection from logging

The government of British Columbia has completed its legal protection of the rainforest home of the Spirit Bear, building on the commitment it made in 2006 when it banned logging in more than five million acres of the Great Bear Rainforest. The new regulations will create a system of “lighter touch” logging outside of the protected area and will maintain at least half the natural level of old-growth forest. To support the growth of a diversified economy based on conservation, the government is providing $95.5 million to Canada’s First Nations communities to manage their traditional territories.