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


Ban on logging: Cree First Nation more committed than ever to protect their last...

Blog entry by Nicolas Mainville | July 14, 2015

Cree Nation of Waswanipi and Greenpeace erected a blocade at the edge of the Broadback Valley in 2010, calling for a full protection of this last intact forest In an unprecedented move yesterday, the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi ...

Kwakwaka’wakw & Greenpeace: An Inevitable Alliance

Blog entry by Julia McIntyre-Smith with Eduardo Sousa | June 12, 2015

Indigenous peoples are bound to the land; a connection created when our ancestors first walked the earth has been passed down from generation to generation. The desire to protect Mother Earth is innate within many indigenous peoples-...

Who's to blame? Time to pull out the mirror Resolute

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | June 9, 2015

Resolute Forest Product ’s  announced today the temporary closure of two paper machines at its Dolbeau and Alma paper mills in Quebec. The company management chose to blame Greenpeace for these closures. I think that is...

What did 10,000 tweets say to Resolute Forest Products?

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | May 29, 2015

Five Greenpeace activists trekked to Augusta, Georgia, USA from several corners of North America to deliver some simple messages to the senior management and board of Resolute Forest Products, Canada’s largest logging company at their...

Chief Forester of Quebec issues alarming report on future of caribou

Blog entry by Nicolas Mainville | May 29, 2015

Quebec’s Chief Forester, an independent body appointed by the government to provide oversight and direction to the province’s forestry industry, released an alarming report last week showing that the future of woodland caribou in...

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