Environmentalists and Canada’s timber industry had put an end to their long-running battle over a region of Pacific Coast wilderness. They often referred the wilderness to as the Great Bear Rainforest.
The deal governs a region of about 2 million hectares (7,700 square miles). It is about the size of El Salvador. To protect wildlife, the deal bans logging in some areas. According to groups involved in the deal, it also requires more environmentally friendly logging in other portions.
The area is a home to a rare white-furred subspecies of the normally dark Kermode bear. In the battle to protect the region, the rare white bruins have become environmental symbols. It is often called “spirit bears”.