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North America

The Ancient Forests of North America are extremely diverse. They include the boreal forest belt stretching between Newfoundland and Alaska, the coastal temperate rainforest of Alaska and Western Canada, and the myriad of residual pockets of temperate forest surviving in more remote regions.

Together, these forests store huge amounts of carbon, helping tostabilise climate change. They also provide a refuge for large mammalssuch as the grizzly bear, puma and grey wolf, which once ranged widelyacross the continent.

In Canada it is estimated that ancient forest provides habitat forabout two-thirds of the country's 140,000 species of plants, animalsand microorganisms. Many of these species are yet to be studied byscience.

The Ancient Forests of North America also provide livelihoods forthousands of indigenous people, such as the Eyak and Chugach people ofSouthcentral Alaska, and the Hupa and Yurok of Northern California.

Of Canada's one million indigenous people (First Nation, Inuit andMétis), almost 80 percent live in reserves and communities in boreal ortemperate forests, where historically the forest provided their foodand shelter, and shaped their way of life.

Featured report:

Through the Trees - The truth behind logging in Canada (PDF)

On the Greenpeace Canada website:

Interactive map of Canada's Borel forest (Flash)

Fun animation that graphically illustrates the problem (Flash)

Weblog:

Defending America's Ancient Forests

The latest updates

 

The importance of being a big tree

Blog entry by Dr Janet Cotter | January 16, 2014 1 comment

We know that forests are biodiversity-rich, and we know they provide us with essential ecosystem services, such as regulating water flows and influencing weather patterns . One ecosystem service often discussed these days is the role...

Forest Carbon Scam

Feature story | October 15, 2009 at 17:12

Coal and oil companies are using forest offset projects to try and cheat the climate. Our new report Carbon Scam investigates how American Electric Power, BP and Pacificorp - all investors in the Noel Kempff Climate Action Project in Bolivia -...

Global cattle giants unite to ban Amazon Destruction

Feature story | October 5, 2009 at 0:00

Today we have good news from the Amazon. Four of the biggest players in the global cattle industry have joined forces to reduce their carbon hoofprint and back our call for zero deforestation. JBS-Friboi, Bertin, Minerva and Marfrig are going to...

Leather industry giant moves to end Amazon destruction

Feature story | August 14, 2009 at 15:14

Bertin, the world’s largest leather exporter is joining the fight against deforestation and climate change and is finally doing the right thing and backing the call for a moratorium on buying cattle from farms responsible for Amazon deforestation.

Victory for the Boreal Forest! Kimberly-Clark announces new paper policy

Feature story | August 5, 2009 at 0:00

It is finally time to celebrate a major victory for the Boreal Forest! Kimberly-Clark has, as a result of public pressure, released a new environmental fibre policy that governs how it will help conserve forests and support sustainable forestry...

REDD From the Conservation Perspective

Publication | June 2, 2009 at 18:00

Pitfalls and Opportunities for mutually addressing climate change and biodiversity conservation

Greenpeace Summary of the ¨REDD from the Conservation Perspective¨ report

Publication | June 2, 2009 at 18:00

Conclusions and Recommendations on the report commissioned by Greenpeace from the University of Freiburg, Institute of Forest Policy.

Bosques para el Clima: una propuesta de Greenpeace para desarrollar un enfoque...

Publication | April 27, 2009 at 15:03

Spanish version of the Forests for Climate Report : Developing a hybrid approach for REDD

Illegally logged "blood timber" from Liberia

Image | March 24, 2009 at 0:00

Ravenna port, Italy. Activists chain themselves to illegally logged "blood timber" from Liberia.

Joint Statement by International NGOs on Follow-up to the Legal Review of Logging...

Publication | March 10, 2009 at 0:00

Congo Rainforest: More protection, less logging needed - International NGOs warn against business as usual, urge government and donors to follow through on forest reform.

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