Boreal Forest

The Boreal Forest © Greenpeace

Greenpeace is dedicated to the conservation of Canada’s largest ecosystem, the Boreal Forest. Our first priority is a healthy Boreal Forest which supports viable economies and communities. Representing more than half of Canada’s landmass, the Boreal Forest sustains countless plants and animals and plays a critical role in mitigating global climate change. The Boreal holds some of the highest quantities of terrestrial carbon in the world – an estimated 208 billion tones. It is also the source of life and culture for many Indigenous communities. Yet many areas of the Boreal Forest are under threat by destructive logging practices.

Greenpeace has identified five “Endangered Forest” areas that are amongst the most valuable intact wilderness left in Canada’s commercial forest. Unfortunately, companies like Resolute Forest Products are logging in some of these forests and destroying critical caribou habitat. Resolute is currently suing Greenpeace for $7 million to divert your attention from its destructive practices. But Greenpeace is standing up for the forest and won’t be silenced by this lawsuit.

Currently, only 8 per cent of Canada’s forest area is protected by legislation. A comprehensive network of protected areas is vital to conserve the Boreal Forest for future generations.

The forest can’t defend itself. Take action and #StandForForests now.

How Greenpeace works to save the Boreal Forest

  • Challenging the marketplace: We expose the destructive practices of logging companies that can and should operate in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. We also challenge forest products customers to show leadership in supporting conservation.
  • Engaging consumers: We mobilize and educate the public about companies, like Resolute Forest Products, that are destroying the forest. We provide consumers with information that will reduce the impact of their purchases on the forest.
  • Pressuring governments: We hold governments accountable to their promises to protect the forest and urge them to do more to support a green economy in the Boreal that supports healthy communities and workers.
  • Working with industry: We collaborate with leaders in the forestry sector to ensure the creation of long-term jobs and a healthy Boreal Forest that can sustain its wealth of environmental and social values for all Canadians.
  • Collaborating with First Nations and other Indigenous communities: We recognize First Nations as decision makers in their traditional territories and believe they must be lead participants in conservation and planning. They have the right to free, prior and informed consent for all developments affecting their traditional territories, as per the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and as required by the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) certification standards.

The latest updates

 

Cree launch campaign to save the Broadback Valley Endangered Forest

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | April 15, 2013

The Grand Council of the Crees and the Cree First Nations communities in the Broadback Valley of Quebec (Waskaganish, Nemaska, Waswanipi, Ouje-Bougoumou and Mistissini) have launched a public campaign to save the forests of their...

Ridiculous tax break sought by Resolute in the Boreal Forest

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | April 10, 2013

It’s emerged this week that Resolute Forest Products, the lead logging company clearcutting  Endangered Forests in Ontario and Quebec is seeking a tax break from the city of Thunder Bay. If successful, the break which would be...

New study shows importance of conserving old-growth Boreal forests

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | April 5, 2013 1 comment

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...

Every day is forest day at Greenpeace

Blog entry by Paulo Adario, UN Forests Hero, Campaigner | March 21, 2013

Today I will celebrate. And my friends and colleagues in the Greenpeace Forest campaign will too. But this is nothing different for us. We do this every day. But maybe, just maybe, the focus that a day like today brings may help our...

Billion Dollar Caribou - Who's going to win?

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | March 21, 2013

Who would you bet on? Endangered Caribou or the oil and gas industry? The Nature of Things with David Suzuki is airing a show on Thursday March 21, 2013 (and available online after that) on the last remaining and very threatened...

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