A new study published by Lakehead University indicates that climate change will likely have a greater impact on younger forests in the Boreal, which highlights the importance of conserving older intact forests.
The scientists say that younger forests currently make up the majority of Canada’s boreal ecosystems, and these younger trees have a greater likelihood of being killed by the effects of climate change. Older forests, with trees over the age of 80 years, are much more likely to be resilient to climate impacts. However, there aren’t many older forests due to forest fires and clear-cutting logging.
This supports the call by Greenpeace and others to protect the last remaining intact old-growth stands in Canada’s Boreal Forest. To find out where these forests can be found, see our latest forest report, Boreal Alarm.