The Great Bear Rainforest

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There is a very worthwhile campaign running to help save the Great Bear Rainforest here in BC, which is the world’s largest remaining temperate rainforest. All you need to do is watch the quick video below, and if you’re interested sign the petition (to date 5,000+ have signed).

Photo by krisstopherwarner on Flickr.

The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest tract of intact coastal temperate rainforest left on Earth. It comprises over 77,000 square kms–about the size of Austria. It’s home to three kinds of bears (grizzly, black and kermode), six million migratory birds, 3000 genetically distinct salmon stocks and many species of plants unique to the region.

Two years ago, the province of British Columbia committed to protecting this region under a new conservancy. All the stakeholders–the provincial government, logging companies, First Nations and environmentalists–agreed to a new approach to resource planning, and committed to its implementation by March 31, 2009.

While some progress has been made, BC must still initiate a regional plan to ensure conservation of these critical ecosystems. With the March 2009 deadline fast approaching, we’re running a campaign to help secure the fate of The Great Bear Rainforest.

Individuals can send a message to the government of British Columbia, urging them to keep their promise to concerned citizens in BC and around the world by visiting this page and signing an online petition.

Below is a 2 minute video about the project, and be sure to check out the photo contest going on Flickr to see some great shots.

Thanks Darren for sending the info in.

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