In 1994, West Fraser voluntarily relinquished harvesting rights to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest on earth: the Kitlope.
West Fraser was the first forestry company in North America to relinquish harvesting rights to such a large area - 317,500 hectares or 3,175 square kilometers (1,225 square miles) voluntarily and without compensation. The Kitlope Valley lies within the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation. Known to the Haisla as "Hushuwashsdu" or "Source of the milky blue water", the Kitlope area is a focus of native lore. It remains the largest relinquishment of harvesting rights on the continent.
We believe it is possible to balance the ecological significance of areas like the Kitlope and maintain a strong and healthy economy. Our decision to relinquish harvesting rights in the Kitlope is an example of our Company's policy and commitment towards environmental stewardship. As a result, many generations will be able to enjoy a pristine wilderness area equivalent to the entire forested area of the Netherlands.
Now called the Kitlope Heritage Conservancy, you can access information on the park the BC Park's website: Huchsduwachsdu Nuyem Jees / Kitlope Heritage Conservancy.