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Posted: February 04, 2016

New deal protects 85 percent of Canada's massive Great Bear Rainforest

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By Melissa Prax

Bears and various other animals in one of Canada's temperate rainforests can continue to live comfortably in most of their habitats.

The latest agreement among aboriginal tribes, logging companies and environmental organizations will protect 85 percent of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. 

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To put that in perspective, the total span of the forest, at 21 million acres, is a little under the acreage of Indiana.

About 15 percent that's not protected will be allowed for loggers to use, with monitoring to ensure practices are sustainable.

For some environmental organizations, this agreement has been a long time coming. Some are saying it has taken them nearly two decades of activism.

The forest is home to a variety of bears, including the white Spirit Bear, and other species specific to Canada.

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