Green and Bear It
In a victory for environmentalists, British Columbia is announcing a deal today to ban logging in parts of the Great Bear Rainforest. The agreement comes after a five-year campaign led by Greenpeace to preserve the habitat of the spirit bear, a rare snow-white subspecies of black bear living in the coastal rainforest. Details of the plan were not released yesterday, but B.C. Environment Minister Ian Waddell said it would still allow logging in certain parts of the rainforest. Enviros had convinced companies like Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling Great Bear wood, but the boycotts are expected to end after today’s announcement.