To have a rainforest the forested area must receive a minimum of 250cm of moisture per year. Our moist climate keeps the landscape wet most of the year, with an annual precipitation of about 300cm.
The ancient Great Bear Rainforest is located on the west coast of the British Columbia mainland. It is the largest coastal temperate rainforest on Earth at 21 million acres, and is home to thousands of species of plants, birds and animals. Trees can tower up to 300 feet and some are over 2,000 years old. The main big tree species include Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir.
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The Great Bear Rainforest represents 25% of the world's remaining coastal temperate rainforest.
Thanks to efforts by The Nature Conservancy, 5 million acres of the rainforest are now off limits to logging and more than 19 million acres are under strict land management guidelines called ecosystem based management.
Source: Parks Canada, BritishColumbia.com, The Nature Conservancy