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


Federal recovery strategy for woodland caribou gets a failing grade

Blog entry by cgrant | October 17, 2011

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has released a detailed analysis of the federal government’s recovery strategy for woodland caribou. Recovery strategies must be compiled for all species listed under the Species-at-Risk...

Northern Ontario forest spotlighted in international report on industry-driven...

Feature story | October 17, 2011 at 8:18

A coalition of leading environmental and social NGOs released an investigative report today exposing unsustainable logging operations certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) in Ontario’s Kenogami Forest.

This election, vote to protect Endangered Species. They can't vote for themselves!

Blog entry by Catharine Grant | September 26, 2011

The main political parties in Ontario aren’t talking a lot about what they plan to do to protect species-at-risk, but are quietly developing policies that will greatly impact our province’s biodiversity. Unfortunately, Ontario has more...

Killing wolves is not the answer

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | September 13, 2011 1 comment

Update: Take action now! Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent says that thousands of wolves may be shot in an effort to safeguard woodland caribou populations in Alberta . Instead of focussing on the real cause of caribou...

Asia Pulp & Paper warns of “aggressive” Canadian takeover

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | July 21, 2011

It’s official: Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has “aggressive plans” to expand into Canada, according to a recent article in Pulp and Paper Canada . In an ominous turn of phrase, APP Americas interim head, Terry Hunley, warns that the...

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