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


Progress on stopping rainforest destruction: Lego pledges leadership

Feature story | July 8, 2011 at 11:57

Lego has become the first major toy company to announce plans to remove deforestation from its supply chain.

Dear Minister Jeffrey – not words, but deeds, please

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | June 17, 2011

In response to our recently released report on the McGuinty Government’s failing management of Ontario’s forests Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey has feigned some surprise, saying:  I try to understand the motivation...

Greenpeace report fails McGuinty on forest management

Feature story | June 16, 2011 at 7:54

A new Greenpeace report, issued today to spark discussion during campaigning for the fall provincial election, shows the McGuinty government has mismanaged Ontario’s Boreal Forest, has let down northern communities and has failed to save...

Greenpeace Launches Ad Campaign to Stop Ontario’s Countdown to Caribou Extinction

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | June 6, 2011

This month Greenpeace is running online ads to raise public awareness about the plight of woodland caribou in Ontario. Unfortunately, massive clearcuts in caribou habitat continue to jeopardize the species despite promises by the...

Does the Ontario Government Care About Caribou?

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | June 2, 2011

Two months ago, Greenpeace sent a letter to Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey asking her to scrap her proposal to exempt industry from the Endangered Species Act in the habitat of woodland caribou. We believe that, if it...

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