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

 

Funeral march opposes caribou extinction under McGuinty plan

Blog entry by rnieto | March 1, 2011 5 comments

Toronto – Greenpeace and Earthroots, held a funeral procession today outside a closed government consultation session to mourn the McGuinty government’s continued failure to stop the countdown to extinction of Ontario’s threatened...

Provinces Failing Caribou

Blog entry by Catharine Grant - Forest Campaigner | February 23, 2011 1 comment

Stan Boutin, a scientist with the University of Alberta, is criticizing the Alberta government for not bumping up the status of woodland caribou from “threatened” to “endangered.” He says that population data shows that the species is...

Greenpeace caribou caravan asks Minister Milloy to help save Ontario’s caribou

Feature story | February 17, 2011 at 14:17

Kitchener – Greenpeace took its caribou caravan to Training, Colleges and Universities Minister John Milloy’s constituency office today to ask him for help in stopping Premier Dalton McGuinty’s plan that threatens Ontario's woodland caribou with...

Greenpeace caribou caravan asks Minister Kathleen Wynne to help save Ontario’s caribou

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | February 11, 2011

The Greenpeace Caribou Caravan dropped by the constituency office of Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne in Toronto yesterday to ask for her help in stopping the McGuinty government's plan to exempt industry, including the logging...

Ontario’s Caribou Caravan visits Minister Jeffrey's riding in Brampton

Blog entry by Natalie Caine | February 8, 2011 1 comment

This past weekend myself and a team of hardy Greenpeace volunteers faced the cold on the Caribou Caravan and went door to door within the riding of MPP Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources for Ontario’s Liberal government.  We...

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