Unlikely Allies Deliver New Conservation Proposal for Great Bear Rainforest
Environmental groups and a group of logging companies have delivered joint recommendations, to achieve final implementation of Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) in the Great Bear Rainforest, to the Province and First Nations.
The recommendations include conservation measures to support low ecological risk and set the scope of future logging along B.C.’s central and north coasts. The proposal is the result of 14 years of intensive collaborative work and represents input for the final step in the landmark Great Bear Rainforest Agreement (2006).
Key elements of the joint recommendations include:
- An additional 500,000 hectares set aside to support the conservation goal.
- A resulting harvest level that can maintain a viable forestry industry.
- A new approach to landscape planning that better accounts for old growth, cultural values, key wildlife habitat and riparian zones.
- A legal framework and policy to support on-the-ground implementation of the recommendations.
The final decisions regarding implementation of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements reside with the provincial government and First Nations.
Read more in the Vancouver Sun.
The Joint Solutions Project (JSP) was established in 2000 by a group of B.C. coastal forest companies and environmental organizations. In the years since, it has participated in land-use planning and technical analysis to inform decision making aimed at reducing conflict over logging and creating a world-class conservation plan for the 64,000 km2 Great Bear Rainforest.
JSP members include ForestEthics Solutions, Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC, BC Timber Sales, Catalyst Paper Corporation, Howe Sound Pulp & Paper, Interfor and Western Forest Products. Learn more about our 14 year process in the Great Bear Rainforest.
For more information visit the Rainforest Solutions Project website www.savethegreatbear.org