An aerial view of the Ahousaht Nation’s villagein Clayoquot Sound
Emerald Edge Ahousaht Village An aerial view of the Ahousaht Nation’s villagein Clayoquot Sound © Bryan Evans

Investing in People

New Opportunities in Clayoquot Sound

We are working with communities to implement conservation strategies that are rooted in economic development.

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. 

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A New Way Forward

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 Nature United'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.