Gwaii Haanas marine conservation area approved!
NEWS UPDATE: June 11, 2010
On June 11, 2010, the House of Commons and Senate Committees approved the proposal to establish the Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve (NMCA) and Haida Heritage Site! This is Canada's first NMCA.
Marine conservation area and island park officially joined
The 3500 square kilometre seascape protected in parliament surrounds the spectacular Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. The land and sea ecosytems of these B.C. islands are interdependent. Both are now protected. This means that an area stretching from the mountain tops of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve to the deepest seabeds of the National Marine Conservation Area is permanently conserved, protecting some of Canada's most iconic coastal and underwater life.
Congratulations to all!
CPAWS congratulates the Haida Nation who worked for decades with Parks Canada, CPAWS, and many others to conserve this special place. And we sincerely thank the members of the Parliamentary Committees who set aside their political differences to support protection of Canada's treasured national heritage.