About The Great Bear Sea
Canada's gift to the earth
Two decades ago, almost every valley of the Great Bear Rainforest was slated for clear cutting. After 15 years of conflict and negotiation, a group of unlikely allies came to a solution. First Nations, forest companies, environmental organizations, and governments created a world-leading model of ecosystem management for the region. By combining conservation with better logging practices, they found a way to protect the environment and the economy. In 2007, WWF celebrated this achievement with our prestigious Gift to the Earth award.
This is no place for oil tankers
The Northern Gateway Project proposes to build an oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands through the Great Bear. The 1,170-kilometre route would bisect the rainforest. It would transport toxic oil sands bitumen across hundreds of salmon streams. The pipeline would bring as many as 220 supersized oil tankers into B.C’s sensitive coastal waters every year.
This massive industrialization threatens the very heart of the Great Bear. It could damage or destroy the cultural, ecological, and economic values this region offers and it’s a big step back from the hard work done to manage and safeguard this global treasure.