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.

Learn more about logging company Resolute’s lawsuits to silence the Greenpeace campaign to protect the Canadian Boreal forest.

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


Memo: Tarsands expansion not good for Caribou!

Blog entry by Corinna Thomassen-Darby | July 13, 2012 1 comment

Environment Minister Peter Kent needs to wake up and smell the smog. While the government drags its feet organizing, reviewing, editing, and finalizing it’s legally required national caribou recovery strategy, industrial expansion in...

Boreal forest customers send us a letter

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | June 28, 2012

Major customers of Boreal logging companies sent Greenpeace a letter today.  Actually, they sent it to all of us involved in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), 9 environmental organizations and 19 forest companies operating...

Bamboo for your bum and wheat for wipes

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | June 18, 2012

Kimberly-Clark , the world’s largest tissue product manufacturer and the maker of Kleenex and Cottonelle , announced today that it intends to reduce its impact on natural forests in a major way. By switching to alternatives sources...

McGuinty won't back down from gutting environmental laws

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | June 15, 2012 1 comment

It seems to me that Premier McGuinty’s threat to call a summer election has little to do with balancing the budget and more to do with keeping the public debate away from the major proposed changes to our environmental protection laws...

Greenpeace joins civil society calls for justice in Grassy Narrows

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | June 5, 2012

Greenpeace today joins a host of civil society organizations calling on Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to respect and uphold the rights of Asubpeeschoseewagong Anishnabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation).   In a  joint statement ,...

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