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


Endangered Species Act not for target practice

Feature story | June 5, 2012 at 12:37

Greenpeace, with environmental groups Ontario Nature, David Suzuki Foundation, and Earthroots are calling on the Ontario government to stop punching holes in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) big enough to drive a mega quarry or massive clearcut...

Muddying the debate: caribou "conservation" schemes and the ethical oil deception

Blog entry by rto | May 29, 2012

Evidence of the Alberta Government’s partiality to the interests of industrial expansion can be seen  in its caribou conservation policy, which has been conducted at the expense of both wildlife and even the interests of its citizens.

Hiding endangered species in your budget?

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | April 24, 2012

Today, the Toronto Star published an editorial by prominent Canadian lawyer Clayton Ruby about the Ontario Government's efforts to undermine its Endangered Species Act and hide it in their budget bill.  Once you've read Clayton's...

Free, prior and informed consent for certainty, prosperity.

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | April 13, 2012

A lot of effort has been made, by Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver and others , to portray the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) for industrial development in traditional Indigenous territories as somehow...

Federal government taken to court AGAIN over refusal to protect caribou

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | February 23, 2012

Alberta conservation groups and First Nations filed a court order today to force Environment Minister Peter Kent to issue an emergency order to protect imperilled woodland caribou herds in Alberta. This is the second time the Minister...

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