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

 

What's saving the forest?

Video | March 28, 2014 at 15:30

When you think of the forest, you probably think of big trees and cute animals. We do too! But we also think of all the people who #StandForForests and help protect them. Greenpeace wants to spread our thanks as wide and as far as possible to all...

Montreal Cross Scales of Justice

Image | March 18, 2014 at 15:30

Greenpeace transformed the iconic Mount Royal Cross into immense scales of justice representing the imbalance of power between the destructive practices of Canada’s largest logging company, Resolute Forest Products, and the defenseless Boreal...

Resolute: Boreal Forest destroyer

Image gallery | April 5, 2013

Taking Action for the Boreal Forest; A Look Back

Video | December 6, 2012 at 10:00

For more than seven years, the Greenpeace forest campaign has sought to stop the on-going destruction of Canada's Boreal forest and woodland caribou habitat. On top of directly engaging destructive forest companies with boycotts and actions,...

Biomass Action in Toronto

Image | November 8, 2011 at 14:00

Greenpeace activists gather near Queen’s Park in Toronto to expose current and future biomass projects. Ontario forests are starting to be cut and burned for energy on an industrial scale without the public's knowledge and little government...

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