The Great Bear Rainforest is located on the west coast of the British Columbia mainland, stretching from just north of Knight Inlet (off north-central Vancouver Island) to Princess Royal Island and all the way north to the Alaskan border. Kitasoo/Xai’xais territory is over 50% protected, which makes it what some call the crown jewel of The Great Bear Rainforest.
The historic Great Bear Rainforest Agreement placed 9 million acres off-limits to logging and millions of acres under strict forest management guidelines.
British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is part of the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest on Earth. This is a land of mist-shrouded valleys and glacier-cut fjords, old-growth forests, wildlife like rare spirit bears and rich salmon streams. Stand in awe under massive old growth trees, marvel at the variation in mosses, lichens, and numerous unique plant species.
The forest acts as a carbon sinkhole, by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere. An acre of mature trees can absorb in one year, the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 42 000KM (26 000 Miles). The importance of keeping this “last of its kind” forest protected, cannot be denied.
“Landscapes like the Great Bear Rainforest are why we get up in the morning” -Nicole Rycroft
Ancient Sitka Spruce and Red Western Cedars frequently exceed 1000 years old and can attain heights from 60-70 Meters. Connected as deeply as their own roots, these trees help to support and are supported by the surrounding ecosystem, which includes some of the largest species, and the smallest organisms, on the planet.
With 4.2 million acres monitored by Indigenous Guardians annually, 767 new, permanent jobs have been created in First Nations communities.