Massive moss-draped cedar and sitka spruce trees tower above the Haida people’s ancient carved poles and fallen longhouses on the lush rainforest islands of Gwaii Haanas. Skies fill with bald eagles, bears scavenge salmon on wild beaches, and the ocean teems with breaching whales, porpoises, and sea lions. Here, in this rich wilderness, the remote landscape steeped in spirituality is protected by Parks Canada and the Haida who draw cultural inspiration from this land of their ancestors.
Land, sea, and people are all interconnected in Gwaii Haanas, so it is only natural that these connections guide how decisions are made. With this in mind, the Gwaii Haanas Archipelago Management Board (AMB) created the first land-sea-people management plan in Canada. This integrated plan is informed by Haida Nation and Government of Canada priorities. The Gwaii Haanas Land-Sea-People Management Plan provides strategic direction on managing the natural and cultural resources of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site from mountain top to sea floor, for the next ten years.