The Story of the Great Bear Rainforest – Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oils

The Story of the Great Bear Rainforest

The beautiful and remote Pacific coastal region known as the Great Bear Rainforest, named for the rare white spirit bears that inhabit this temperate rainforest, is our home.

The Great Bear Rainforest ranges from Alaska to the Discovery Islands, encompassing the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii regions of British Columbia. This unceded Traditional Territory of our First Nations represents a quarter of the world’s surviving coastal temperate rainforest.

Comprising 6.4 million hectares, this ancient ecosystem is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. And stores more carbon than any rainforest system in the world. The old-growth valley bottoms sustain the most biomass of any terrestrial ecosystem on earth.

It is home to grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, and the rare white-furred Kermode, or Spirit Bear. Millions of birds pass through each year during their migration.  Centuries-old western red cedars and a complex, bio-diverse ecosystem are dependent on the recurrent upriver migration of salmon. All of these global wonders make it an ecological treasure worth protecting.

In 2016, 85 percent of the rainforest was formally protected through the Great Bear Rainforest Act. This sacred treaty saved 3.1 million hectares of the coastal temperate rainforest from industrial logging.

The People of the Rainforest and the Ocean

We are the people of the rainforest and the ocean, who have lived in and stewarded these lands and waters for millennia.  We carve totem poles, canoes and masks, weave cedar bark and spruce roots from our strong forest trees, and remain vitally connected to the ocean for food and travel. We harvest medicine for healing and energizing the spirit and body from the roots and the boughs. 

Our culture and livelihood are vitally connected to the rainforest, rivers and to the sea.

Essential Oils

Our Essential Oils are inspired by the traditional ways our people have used these precious trees. They are harvested from conifer needles gathered in the Great Bear Rainforest, then carefully steam-distilled to create a unique infusion for your home or office. Learn more about our enterprise here.

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