Progress in the Great Bear Rainforest

Photo: Patrick McCloskey
Article Source: The Vancouver Sun
Date: March 31, 2009

The B.C. government has met a deadline to bring a new approach in resource development to B.C.'s central and north coast — known as the Great Bear Rainforest — where people, the environment and the economy are given equal billing.

After over a decade of eco-protests that tarnished the province's forest products image, first nations, forest companies and environmentalists joined Tuesday in supporting the new approach, called ecosystem-based management.

Agriculture and Lands Minister Ron Cantelon said the Great Bear plan is an example to the world on managing human activity while protecting biodiversity.

"The war is over. Now we can move on in a positive way," he said in an interview.
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