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Oct 26, 2006
On Canada's Pacific coast, between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border, lies one of the earth's largest remaining tracts of temperate rainforest: the 19-million-acre Great Bear Rainforest. Great Bear's amazingly diverse ecosystem is home to salmon, sea lions, eagles, wolves and bears, including the rare white Spirit Bear. It boasts gorgeous lakes and magnificent waterfalls, as well as giant cedars, Sitka spruce, western hemlock and balsam. For years, heavy logging has cut holes in its beauty and cast doubt on its future.

In February 2006, the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement was announced to the world by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell. The agreement had two cornerstones: a protected areas package and a commitment to bold new logging practices, known as Ecosystem-based Management. Under the deal, 4.4 million acres (1.8 million hectares)—nearly twice as large as Yellowstone National Park—is off limits to loggers and largely closed to mining exploration.

This agreement is now at risk and provisions are not being met, making the future of the Great Bear Rainforest far from being secure.  Currently, much of the Great Bear Rainforest is still subject to clearcutting, sport hunting, fish farming and mining.  Increased protection will be required on the central and north coast if biodiversity is to be safeguarded in this globally significant region. 
 
As for the kermode bear,  these rare and beautiful bears are still afforded no legal protection from trophy hunters and face extinction.  A number of influential conservation groups are however actively working in partnership with First Nations groups to pursue legislation to protect Spirit Bears and their habitat. It is to be hoped that this popular movement will receive government backing so that future generations may still be lucky enough to glimpse this rare and elusive spirit of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Please urge Premier Campbell to ensure the preservation of the magnificent fauna, including the rare white Spirit Bear and this gorgeous boreal rainforest habitat  by supporting the Great Bear Rainforest campaign.

For More Information please visit the Spirit  Bear Youth Coalition website at www.spiritbearyouth.org. Although there is no affiliation between this petition and  The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, their website provides a lot of great information.



http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/525713158


DON'T LET THEM RAVAGE AND RUIN THIS MAGICAL PLACE AND EXTERMINATE THIS AWESOME WONDER OF NATURE!  B M T

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