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Landmark deal to preserve Great Bear Rainforest

Landmark deal to preserve Great Bear Rainforest

First Nations, environmental groups and the BC government have reached what’s being called a landmark deal to protect 85% of the Great Bear Rainforest.

The remaining 15% of the unique, temperate rain forest on the central coast will remain open for forestry but under stringent rules.

Premier Christy Clark says the deal strikes a balance between protecting a culturally important First Nations region, as well resource harvesting.

Over 20 First Nations were part of the agreement announced today, which the environmental group the Sierra Club says will help settle decades of conflict in the area.

Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council says the region will be governed under an eco-based system management principle.

Premier Christy Clark says more old- and second-growth forest will be protected in an area she calls a “global treasure” while still ensuring opportunities for economic development and jobs for local First Nations.

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