Great Bear Carbon Credits
The Great Bear Carbon Credit Corporation has more than 1-million tonnes of carbon credits to sell every year. That represents more than $40-million in sales over the past decade, with 65 percent of net revenues going back to communities for conservation and 35 percent for human well-being and other projects.
With 85 percent of the Great Bear Rainforest protected, the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project is one of the largest carbon credit programs in Canada. More than 6-million hectares of coastal temperate rainforest act as lungs for the planet – storing vast amounts of carbon that causes climate change.
Read more about it here: Carbon Credits Helping Coastal Communities Thrive
When our guests purchase an experience with Spirit Bear Lodge they are contributing $200 per guest towards conservation efforts in the Great Bear Rainforest. This is a new and exciting initiative we introduced for our 2021 season and it has been met with great regard. The approximate $50000 will move straight through Spirit Bear Lodge to organizations such as Spirit Bear Research, SUA youth group, Coastal Guardian Watchmen, and Raincoast Conservation.
We’re able to take that money and reinvest it back into stewardship of our territory. - Douglas Neasloss talking about Carbon Credits
Kitasoo Xai'xais Hydro Project
The remote coastal community of Klemtu, B.C., has been granted $4.6 million to transition from diesel to hydroelectric power, a renewable and cleaner energy source. The Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation is receiving funding through the province’s Renewable Energy for Remote Communities (RERC) program to modernize the Baron Lake hydroelectric power facility.
Klemtu, which is only accessible by boat or plane, currently generates a significant amount of its power through diesel. Kitasoo/Xai’xais Chief Council has said the upgrades will save money for the community, which will go toward a wastewater treatment plant, a larger water treatment facility, a new community hall and a new subdivision. The upgrades are expected to reduce carbon emissions in Klemtu by about 11,160 tonnes over the hydropower facility’s operating life.
Spirit Bear Research Foundation
Spirit Bear Research Foundation (SBRF) works with the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Stewardship Authority (KXSA) and Raincoast Conservation Foundation to complete research projects in KX territory. With a major focus on bears, salmon, and endangered species Spirit Bear Research Foundation helps the KXSA make land use decisions based on science. Spirit Bear Lodge will provide logistical support when needed and donates annually to SBRF.