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Tracking the Great Bear

How Environmentalists Recreated British Columbia’s Coastal Rainforest

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Tracking the Great Bear

How Environmentalists Recreated British Columbia’s Coastal Rainforest

Encompassing millions of hectares of globally rare coastal rainforest, the Great Bear Rainforest in coastal British Columbia is home to ancient trees, rich runs of salmon, and abundant species. The area also supports small human communities, particularly First Nations. Once slated for clearcut logging, large areas were protected in 2006 by the signing of one of the world’s most innovative conservation agreements. This book provides a detailed account of the complex and contested process that resulted in the establishment of the GBR. It also shows how environmentalists’ deployment of a powerful actor network saved the area from status quo industrial forestry while still respecting First Nations’ right to economic development.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Rethinking Environmentalism / Graeme Wynn

Introduction

1 Where in the World Is the Great Bear? Problematizing British Columbia’s Coastal Forests

2 Grizzlies Growl at the International Market: Circulating a Panorama of the Great Bear Rainforest

3 Negotiating with the Enemy: Articulating a Common Matter of Concern

4 Mobilizing Allies and Reconciling Interests

Conclusion

Notes

References

Index

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