The Great Bear Rainforest becomes a park!

PHOTO - ISTOCK Morning clouds on the coastal mountains

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Morning clouds on the coastal mountains

Story adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Patty Bossort

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The Great Bear Rainforest will become a park in the spring of 2016.

People fought to make this area a park for over 20 years. It took 10 years to make a deal.

The deal will protect the environment. It allows some logging and respects the wishes and economic opportunities of the Coastal First Nations.

PHOTO - ISTOCK A kermode or spirit bear is fishing in the stream.

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A kermode or spirit bear is fishing in the stream.

“I am proud and happy but still a little upset it took this long,” says Dallas Smith. Smith is president of the Nanwakolas Council, a First Nations organization.

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