Teddy Bear News

New park in Canada
Author: teddygirl | Monday March 06, 2006

The Great Bear Rainforest is a new preserve on 250 miles of British Columbia’s Pacific coastline that the Canadian government announced on February 7th, 2006. Premier Gordon Campbell announced that of the total 16 million acres, 4.4 million will be protected outright and managed as a park, and 11.6 million will be managed under an ecosystem management plan to encourage sustainable forestry with low impact on the environment. In comparison to this new preserve, Yellowstone National Park in the USA is 2.2 million acres.

The preserve is a result of an agreement among governments, aboriginal First Nations, environmentalists and the logging industry. The Great Bear Rainforest is home to black bears, grizzly bears, the spirit bear, moose, wolves, cougars, mountain goats and deer. The spirit bear, or kemode bear, is a rare white species.

*Above picture of the spirit bear is from Natural Resources Defense Council.

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