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

 

From Conflict to “Harmony” in the Forest

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | November 19, 2010

From coast to coast, many people will watch the debut of the movie “ Harmony ” on NBC tonight.  If you’re one of them, you’ll see Greenpeace highlighted for its successful work to protect  the Great Bear Rainforest  in British...

Woodland caribou “have fallen through the cracks” in our national parks

Blog entry by Catharine Grant - Forest Campaigner | November 15, 2010

An article in the Edmonton Journal last weekend (November 14) reports that woodland caribou are rapidly disappearing from Canada’s national parks. The last of Banff’s caribou died in an avalanche last year, and only a small number...

Canada’s Boreal Forest is worth more money if left standing

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | November 8, 2010

A growing number of studies are attempting to put a dollar value on biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by nature, such as water purification, flood control, and carbon sequestration. At this years’ meeting of the...

Greenpeace and Cree have erected blockade to protect Broadback Valley Forest

Feature story | November 3, 2010 at 10:00

Greenpeace and the Cree Nation of Waswanipi have erected a symbolic blockade in the heart of Quebec’s Boreal Forest to protest against the construction of logging roads that will open the Broadback Valley Forest to industrial exploitation.

Greenpeace targets Minister Jeffrey with caribou caravan and wilderness report

Feature story | October 29, 2010 at 10:20

The Greenpeace caribou caravan migrated from Thunder Bay to the Brampton office of Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey to release a new report today on the status of the province’s last wilderness areas and measures to save the threatened...

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