The message below is from the Natural Resources Defense
Council. NRDC offers several email newsletters that provide quick
and easy ways to advocate for the protection of wilderness. Their
website is www.nrdc.org . peace.
: Victory for the Spirit Bear!
> Dear NRDC BioGems Defender,
> I am writing to share wonderful news of a spectacular victory for
> the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia -- one of NRDC's
> very first BioGems!
> For nearly a decade, we've waged an all-out campaign to win
> government protection of this vast coastal temperate rainforest
> that is home to the Spirit Bear, a rare white-colored black bear,
> and other populations of endangered wildlife.
> Yesterday, the government of British Columbia officially announced
> that it will grant formal protection to more than five million
> acres of this irreplaceable natural treasure.
> Five years ago, under pressure from hundreds of thousands of
> BioGems Defenders and other activists, British Columbia officials >
and logging companies signed a groundbreaking accord with Canadian
> First Nations and environmental groups in which they committed to
> negotiating formal protections for the rainforest.
> When British Columbia's premier did not immediately ratify the
> conservation agreement at the close of negotiations in 2005,
> BioGems Defenders sent more than 20,000 messages urging him to act.
> BioGems Defenders like you have played a lead role in making sure
> that the world's several hundred surviving Spirit Bears can thrive
> in their irreplaceable rainforest habitat. Yesterday, all our hard
> work paid off in a victory for nature that is well worth
> Thank you so much for your tireless activism on behalf of the Great
> Bear Rainforest and all our other endangered BioGems.
> Frances Beinecke
> Natural Resources Defense Council
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