PROTECT THE GREAT NORTHERN FOREST AND ITS INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY OF LIFE

The Great Northern Forest

The Boreal Forest © Greenpeace

The world’s Great Northern Forest has stood tall for thousands of years. Stretching from Alaska, through Canada’s north, to Sweden and Finland all the way to the Pacific coast of Russia, the Great Northern Forest includes the traditional territories of many Indigenous Peoples who have stewarded these landscapes since time immemorial. This unique global ecosystem that appears as a green crown around the top of the plant is home to an incredibly rich diversity of life. It stores more carbon in its trees and soils than all the world’s tropical rainforests combined1 (an estimated minimum 208 billion tonnes), and plays a critical role in preventing climate chaos.

In Canada, the Great Northern Forest – also known as Canada’s boreal forest - extends across Canada’s north, goes south of the Arctic Circle, and covers more than half of our country’s landmass like a great green arc. It is a diverse and awe-inspiring landscape of granite outcrops, lakes, rivers and marshes, interspersed with pine, spruce, aspen and poplar forests. These lands and waters have been inhabited by a great many First Nations for millennia, and is also home to Métis Nation communities, as well as non-Indigenous communities.

A Forest Under Threat

Today, continued destruction of the unique plants and animals of Canada’s Great Northern Forest threatens the long-term health of this global ecosystem. Iconic species such as woodland caribou and wolverine are threatened by industrial and unsustainable logging practices.

One of the largest logging companies in North America, Resolute Forest Products, is destroying key areas of the Great Northern Forest and has abandoned sustainability efforts. These practices endanger communities whose livelihoods depend on a healthy boreal forest ecosystem. Greenpeace has been speaking up and raising awareness of Resolute’s controversial forestry practices and instead of working collaboratively with Greenpeace and other stakeholders to find lasting solutions for the forest, workers and local communities, Resolute has filed a $300 million Canadian dollar (CAD) lawsuit against Greenpeace USA, Greenpeace International, Stand.earth and individual activists, as well as a separate CAD$7 million lawsuit against Greenpeace Canada and individual activists

Resolute is attempting to silence legitimate public concerns, all the while ignoring scientific recommendations for the health of the forest and thus the longevity of the forest products industry. Learn more about the lawsuit here.

Solutions

Ultimately, more needs to be done among governments, corporations, and environmental advocates to promote lasting solutions in the boreal forest for local communities, workers, First Nations, and the forest. Learn more about how Greenpeace works to protect the Great Northern Forest.

Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous knowledge and governance will provide concrete and lasting solutions to protecting our forested landscapes for future generations, and can also chart a path to a new era of reconciliation in Canada. Learn more about how we can work together with Indigenous Peoples to establish lasting forest solutions.

FAQs

Want to know more about Greenpeace’s Great Northern Forest campaign? Curious about why Resolute is suing Greenpeace and its critics? Read the answers to these questions and more below.

What is Greenpeace asking Resolute to do in the boreal forest?
Isn’t the Canadian logging industry the most responsible in the world?
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1 - Gauthier, S., Bernier, P., Kuuluvainen, T., Shvidenko, A.Z. & Schepaschenko, D.G. (2015): Boreal forest health and global change. Science 349:6250. p. 819-822. - Kasischke, E.S. (2000): Boreal ecosystems in the global carbon cycle. In Kasischke, E.S., & Stocks, B.J. (eds.). Fire, Climate Change and Carbon Cycling in the Boreal Forest. EcologicalStudies 138. p. 19-30.

The latest updates

 

After TransCanada, logging giant Resolute employs Edelman for astro-turfing and...

Blog entry by Nicolas Mainville | December 8, 2014 2 comments

How many lobbyists does it take to defend forest destruction? Following on the expose of Edelman, the world's largest PR and crisis management firm, and Transcanada’s secret astro-turfing and public relations campaign strategy,...

I haven’t been to the Boreal Forest but I would miss it if it were gone

Blog entry by Kirsten Dahl | December 2, 2014 1 comment

The very idea that one of the earth’s largest intact forest could be gone in my lifetime horrifies me. Until very recently, I deemed this notion to be absurd; a worst-case scenario dreamed up by alarmists. Canadians are environmentally...

Reflections on my first campaign launch

Blog entry by Cassidy Slezak | November 28, 2014 2 comments

This past week I was a part of the launch of a new Greenpeace campaign, “Best Buyers?”  Like the campaign title suggests, Best Buy doesn’t really practice what they preach.  Or in other words, they don’t buy the best products...

Resolute Forest Products "blocking" mill sale - Andrea Horwath

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt, Forest Campaigner | November 5, 2014

Ontario NDP leader Andra Horwath is accusing Resolute Forest Products of “blocking” the sale of its shuttered Fort Frances mill to Wisconsin-based Expera Specialty Solutions. Prior to its final closure this year, the troubled...

Great step forward for sustainable forestry in Ontario

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt, Forest Campaigner | October 14, 2014

Last week, a local management corporation obtained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the Big Pic Forest in northern Ontario. This is a great step forward and highlights two central components of a sustainable future...

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