Great Bear Rainforest

The spirit bear (also known as Kermode Bear) makes its home in the Great Bear Rainforest. © Andrew Wright /

Greenpeace fought for a decade to ensure greater protection for the magnificent Great Bear Rainforest, and continues to work with the B.C. government and other partners to ensure the forest’s long-term sustainability.

Stretching along the coast from Vancouver to Alaska, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest tract of intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world. The forest was threatened by industrial logging and mining. Habitat for elk, eagles and bears was being destroyed.

On March 31, 2009, the B.C. government announced the preservation of 50 per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest, following through on part of its 2006 promise to protect 70 per cent. Greenpeace, our environmental partners, the B.C. government, First Nations and logging companies celebrated. The B.C. government called the agreement the “most significant environmental announcement in the province’s history.” We agree.

The Great Bear Rainforest agreement also includes more restrictive logging regulations, recognizes First Nations as governments and supports sustainable development in First Nations communities. Although many parts of the plan are being implemented, Greenpeace’s campaign to protect the rainforest is not over. The B.C. government has committed to setting aside 70 per cent of the natural level of old growth forest by 2014. We will make sure it does.

How Greenpeace protects the Great Bear Rainforest

  • Exposing environmental problems: We cast a spotlight on industrial projects that threaten the health of the rainforest.
  • Engaging in solutions-based discussions: We are involved in ongoing discussions with our environmental partners, First Nations, the forestry industry and the B.C. government. Learn more about this global solution in the making.
  • Pressuring the marketplace: We communicate with companies that buy wood from the rainforest, urging them to use their purchasing power to influence logging practices. We encourage Forest Stewardship Council certification for logging companies.
  • Supporting communities: We support First Nations in their efforts to diversify their economies and increase their governance over their traditional territories.
  • Advocating for wildlife and ecosystems: Species in the rainforest are at risk of extinction despite commitments in the agreement. We push for the conservation of habitat.

The latest updates


Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest Vol 4: Eduardo Sousa

Video | November 18, 2015 at 13:24

This fourth installment of "Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest" features Eduardo Sousa, senior forest campaigner for Greenpeace. Eduardo recounts Greenpeace's 20 years of campaigning to safeguard the Great Bear Rainforest from destructive...

Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest Vol 3: Terry Brown and Jude Abrams

Video | June 3, 2013 at 9:00

This third installment of "Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest" features naturalists Terry Brown and Jude Abrams, both activists during the early days of the blockades to stop industrial logging in the rainforest. The stories the couple share...

Great Bear Rainforest

Image gallery | April 4, 2013

Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest Vol 2: Art Sterritt

Video | August 2, 2012 at 11:21

This second installment of "Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest" features Art Sterritt, former Executive Director for Coastal First Nations - Great Bear Initiative, an alliance of First Nations on British Columbia's North and Central Coast...

Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest Vol 1: Patrick Armstrong

Video | June 28, 2012 at 11:38

This first installment of "Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest" features Patrick Armstrong, former spokesperson for Coast Forest Conservation Initiative, a group of companies involved in implementing the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements. Patrick...

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