A portion of the largest and last intact coastal rainforest on earth.
Aerial View of Clayoquot Sound A portion of the largest and last intact coastal rainforest on earth. © Bryan Evans

Places We Protect

Clayoquot Sound

Canada

Creating a shared vision of sustainable management that blends economy, nature and local stewardship.

Clayoquot Sound is a stunning mosaic of emerald valleys, clustered islands and ancient trees along British Columbia’s southern coast. It’s also a place offering a unique opportunity at a pivotal time. Here, we have the chance to conserve old-growth forest in partnership with local Indigenous communities. This area is also a critical piece of the 100 million-acre Emerald Edge, stretching from coastal Washington, through British Columbia and into Southeast Alaska. Once the site of the “War in the Woods,” this region is shaping a new narrative for sustainability. 

Clayoquot Sound
Clayoquot Sound
Clayoquot Sound is a stunning mosaic of emerald valleys, clustered islands and ancient trees along British Columbia’s southern coast. The Nature Conservancy is working to create a shared vision of sustainable management that blends economy, nature and local stewardship.

OUR APPROACH

To break the boom and bust economic cycle that has created so many challenges for the people of the Emerald Edge, we’re working together toward the common goal of a sustainable future. We recognize that it’s only with the leadership of local communities that we can achieve enduring conservation success.

The project is led by the First Nation communities who control most of the forest land. Together, we are creating a shared vision of sustainable management that blends economy, nature and local stewardship. We are working with our First Nation partners to develop a financial solution that protects Clayoquot Sound, while supporting sustainable economic opportunities for the communities who have been stewards of this land for generations, and who will care for it far into the future. We’re building on TNC’s experience in conserving the Great Bear Rainforest—200 miles to the north—and our work across the globe. What we learn through this innovative approach will have an impact on conservation around the world.

OUR GOALS 

We are creating a triple win for people, nature and economies by: 

  • Protecting of old growth forest in Clayoquot Sound
  • Safeguarding some of the largest forest carbon stores on the planet
  • Building the natural resource capacity of First Nation communities to advance stewardship of the land
  • Helping to jump start local, sustainable economic opportunities