Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Facts about British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Facts about British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest

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Facts about the Great Bear Rainforest

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VANCOUVER - First Nations, environmentalists, logging firms and the British Columbia government signed an agreement Monday to protect a large part of the province's central coast. Here are some key things you need to know about the Great Bear Rainforest and the deal to protect it:

-- It estimated at 6.4 million hectares with 3.6 million hectares of forest containing trees up to 1,000 years old.

-- The agreement puts an area the size of Nova Scotia under a new legal and scientific standard for maintaining forest and wildlife health.

-- Eight five per cent of the forested land base will be protected from logging, while the remaining 15 per cent will be subject to the most stringent commercial logging standards in North America. …

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