The Great Bear Rainforest is very wild and very big – two thirds the size of Ireland. It’s a stunning place of ancient trees a thousand years old and home to remarkable animals like Spirit bears, rainforest wolves, whales, tailed frogs and salmon. It has also been home for time immemorial to more than two dozen First Nations.
We don’t like to wax poetic, but truly, this is one of those places - a landscape that will make your jaw drop.
In the late 1990’s the world watched in horror as ancient trees from this forest were being logged to make household items like phone books and decking. We went to work convincing major wood and paper companies to insist that their logging suppliers stop the damage. Fast forward twenty years and in February of 2016, we sat alongside First Nations, the forest industry, the government of British Columbia, and partner environmental groups to announce a groundbreaking agreement to permanently protect 85% of the forests of the Great Bear from industrial logging. The remaining 15% are subject to the strictest legal standard for commercial logging in North America. The First Nations involved in the agreement strengthened oversight of their lands, secured new community development opportunities and steward a new model of forest management.
Ask any of us about the Great Bear and prepare to settle in for an evening of endless stories and inspiration.