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PDF September/October 2005
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Democracy Breaks Out
Highlights from Sierra Summit
Taking Money from Criminals
John Swingle
Betsy Bennet
Larry Fahn
Hot or Not?
Judgement Day at Hand for Arctic Refuge
Designing the 'Next Industrial Revolution'
Exxpose Exxon
What Would John Muir Drive?
Maybe This SUV?
Happy Birthday Alaska Wildlands
Big Box Boondoggle on the Ropes
Save the Great Bear Rainforest
Mark Johnston
Joni Bosh
Gordon Nipp
From the Editor: Paper to Pixels
  JULY 2005
Protecting the Environment is Patriotic
Tilting At Windmills
The Ultimate Bad Hair Day
Meet the New Sierra Club President
Lucky Seven—One-on-One with Six Summit Speakers and One Delegate
From the Editor
Who We Are
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The Planet

Save the Great Bear Rainforest

British Columbia close to protecting rainforest of staggering diversity

Sample letter to Premier Gordon Campbell

by Tom Valtin

The planet’s largest tract of intact temperate rainforest, British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, has never been closer to being protected. With a historic land-use agreement currently on the table, now is the time to make your voice heard and ensure that the agreement becomes a reality.

Stretching along British Columbia’s mid-coast, the Great Bear Rainforest is a place of staggering ecological richness, boasting one of the world’s largest populations of grizzly bears, the rare white Spirit Bear, genetically unique coastal wolves, and five species of wild salmon.
The region has long been threatened by industrial forestry and clear-cut logging. Communities in the Great Bear Rainforest also experience unemployment as high as 85 percent, so a solution for the region must protect its forests and find a sustainable future for these communities, many comprised of First Nations peoples who have called the region home for more than 10,000 years.

Protests, blockades, and an international markets campaign by many groups, including the Sierra Club, have brought global attention to the Great Bear Rainforest. In 1999 these efforts forced the forest industry to the negotiating table. For four years environmentalists sat at meetings alongside forest companies, community representatives, workers, and tourism operators, and in 2004, a set of agreements was reached to address the area’s ecological and economic future. The land-use agreement protects one-third of the region from logging, defines sustainable logging practices outside protected areas, and invests in diversifying local economies.

The next step is the provincial government’s approval of this “solutions package,” and formal designation of the protected areas. The B.C. government has promised to approve this agreement by September 2005. “The message we want to communicate to our premier is that ‘the world is watching,’” says Taylor Bachrach of Sierra Club Canada’s B.C. Chapter. “Faxes from folks in the U.S. will carry that message well.”

E-mail or fax the Honourable Gordon Campbell and urge him to follow through with his promise. Fax: (250) 387-0087.

spirit bear photo by ?Marni Grossman

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