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

 

The countdown is on for the launch of the caribou caravan! Want to join us?

Blog entry by Natalie Caine | September 30, 2010

Follow Greenpeace’s Boreal Forest campaign over the next weeks and months as we take the “Caribou Caravan” on the road, touring around Ontario to find refuge for displaced and threatened woodland caribou and getting answers from...

Buchanan Forest Products Still Killing Caribou

Blog entry by cgrant | September 21, 2010

Earlier this month it was announced that Buchanan would be re-opening its pulp mill in Terrace Bay. The mill has been idle since early 2009 following a crash in pulp prices and serious controversy over its practices.  The Terrace ...

The next steps for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | September 16, 2010

I've been working on forest campaigns with Greenpeace for more than seven years now, and I've done it all.  I've helped to organize lock downs of offices and freighters and banner hangs, negotiated in boardrooms in Europe and North...

Ecologist publishes Greenpeace commentary on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | August 18, 2010

Greenpeace reveals its long-term strategy and dedication to protect the Boreal Forest Greenpeace is one of the largest environmental organizations in the world and our campaigns and tactics are big, bold and hard to miss.  Though...

Forestry Reforms in Ontario: Province packs for a day hike, while we need them to...

Blog entry by Freya Putt | August 9, 2010

At first glance, the new government proposal for forestry reforms in Ontario looks like a complete overhaul of the system used to give out licenses for logging and forestry operations: in the words of one logging industry...

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