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

 

History Repeating: Marineland Canada, Marineland Animal Defense and SLAPP Suits

Blog entry by Guest: Dylan Powell, Marineland Animal Defense | September 18, 2013 4 comments

On 23 May, Greenpeace was served a $7 million lawsuit by logging giant Resolute Forest Products. We believe this is a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) . This type of lawsuit burdens Greenpeace with massive...

140 groups call on Ontario to make public advocacy bill top priority

Feature story | September 18, 2013 at 6:55

Over 140 groups, including environmental organizations, unions and freedom of expression advocates, are calling on the Ontario legislature to adopt strong legislation to prevent Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) from being...

Quebec government hires mediator because it can't talk to Resolute

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | September 17, 2013

News today is that the Quebec government which owns the vast public forests of province, which sets the laws and regulations, which oversees how businesses operates, which sets the rules... is having a difficult time talking to ...

Is being sued for $7,000,000 radical?

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | September 3, 2013

$7,000,000 . That’s a big number. It’s how much Canada’s largest logging company, Resolute Forest Products , is suing us for. By ‘us’ I mean me. And my colleague Shane. And Greenpeace Canada too. Why? Well, our jobs are to expose ...

Tale of a broken love story

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, forest campaigner | August 29, 2013

I still remember the day as if it was yesterday. It didn’t start or end like any traditional love story. There were not any rolling meadows or hand holding by the crashing waves on the sandy beaches of Halifax where I grew up.  It...

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