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

 

5 things you can do to keep our forests healthy

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | January 12, 2014

As Greenpeace Canada’s head forest campaigner, I’m often asked by friends, family, and people I meet: what is one simple thing I can do to protect our forests? Thanks to your support Greenpeace has been able to win many environmental...

12% protection not enough for Canada’s Boreal Forest

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | January 7, 2014

This week the Canadian Press reported on progress that’s been made regarding protection in Canada’s Boreal Forest. Citing the Canadian Boreal Initiative, Bob Weber reports that: “the amount of boreal forest under some form of...

It’s not our fault says Resolute.

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | December 15, 2013

It’s not our fault - Resolute avoids taking responsibility for losing FSC certification for 8 million hectares of forest Talk about avoiding responsibility. This week it was announced that Canada’s largest logging Resolute Forest...

FSC suspends three of Resolute's certificates

Blog entry by Grant Rosoman | December 12, 2013

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was created in 1993 to allow companies and the public to identify products coming from responsibly managed forests. In order to protect the world’s last remaining intact forests, consumers and...

Groups urge swift passage of Ontario Bill 83

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt, Forest Campaigner | November 29, 2013

A range of environmental, civil liberties and social justice organisations today urged Ontario Attorney General John Gerretsen to ensure the passage of Bill 83: The Protection of Public Particiaption Act 2013 . The law is widely...

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