This small nation is taking big steps for the B.C Great Bear Rainforest

By Danielle Paradis
May 28, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Kwiakah First Nation is a small nation of 21 members but it is fighting to save the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. The M̓ac̓inuxʷ Special Forest Management Area covers 7,865 hectares of forested land. …“We as Kwiakah people have a vision of the future — where grizzly bears roam through the mossy, misty forests of our territory, and where the youth only know their forests as protected and abundant,” said Chief Steven Dick. The protected forest area will also help create forest steward jobs and a research centre for an Indigenous-led conservation economy. This is the ninth management area within the Great Bear Rainforest, which prohibits commercial harvesting and allows Kwiakah to practice regenerative forestry to bring the forest back to its pre-industrial state.

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