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Great Bear Rainforest :: Photo Essay :: 1

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Gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest

Red Sky in the Morning is a Sailor’s Warning.
Cape Caution, 5:30 am, June 14th, 2007.

Located on British Columbia’s mainland coast, roughly parallel with the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Cape Caution marks the southern gateway into a region of international renown and significance popularly referred to as the “Great Bear Rainforest.”

Our journey through this mythical land begins here, where the mists of time blur the distinctions between land, sea and atmosphere. Rugged barrier islands, expanses of sandy beaches, and contorted pine-bog forests of the exposed “hyper-maritime” outer coast gradually blend into a confusing maze of channels. These gather and wind into verdant fjords and fertile rainforest valleys, penetrating the heart of the glacier-clad peaks of the Coast Mountains. In this place, the sheer abundance of life has sustained enduring and complex indigenous cultures for over ten thousand years.

Now, we stand at a crossroads. The past 150 years has brought intensive resource exploitation by relative newcomers to the area that has decimated and destabilized the cultural and ecological systems that have worked in balance throughout many areas of the Great Bear. Efforts to preserve and restore this global treasure are experiencing renewed vigor but so too are demands for raw materials and clean energy the region could provide. Promises of a return to ecologically minded resource use have been made. It is a complex social, political, economic, and ecological region. It always has been. However, one thing seems clear, the next ten thousand years of life in the Great Bear Rainforest in a large way depends on decisions made and actions taken by the current generation.

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Historic Accord Protects B.C. Forests
First Nations are gaining more control over their traditional lands while considerations of sustainability are becoming central to forestry planning.

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Tim Ennis Flickr icon Photographer Tim Ennis is Director of Land Stewardship, BC Region, for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a non-profit group that protects biodiversity in Canada through various mechanisms, most notably including direct land purchases. Several of the images here are taken of NCC lands.

Communicating the beauty of this region and raising awareness are Tim's main goals with his photographs: "I hope to motivate people to help in whatever way they can to join in the preservation of biodiversity (and cultural diversity) here in British Columbia, or where ever home may be for you!"

See more of Tim's photos of the Great Bear Rainforest, and the rest of his amazing work on Flickr, and at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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