As 15 per cent of the forest is open to logging, the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement is a victory for Canada’s forest industry including everyone involved.

The agreement also protects 85 per cent of the coastal temperate rainforest, which stretches from B.C.’s Discovery Islands to Alaska’s Tongass Rainforest, and took a decade of negotiations between the province, environmentalists, First Nations, and the forest industry.

The forestry industry will have 550,000 hectares to work with, and with stringent standards in place meant to enforce sustainable logging, that forest will live on for more than 200 years…

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