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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

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A Sunday basketball game in Lake Murray

Image | April 28, 2006 at 5:30

A Sunday basketball game in Lake Murray

Building a house in Kubut Village out of

Image | April 28, 2006 at 5:28

Building a house in Kubut Village out of hard wood beams.

Environmentalist and Chairman of Lake Murray

Image | April 28, 2006 at 5:25

Environmentalist and Chairman of Lake Murray Resource Owners association Sep Galeva (right) looks at a new portable to be used in an eco-forestry projects on Lake Murray.

Men from the village of Aweikaimqassi work

Image | April 28, 2006 at 5:19

Men from the village of Aweikaimqassi work together to prepare a freshly cut tree for milling on a portable sawmill, as part of a local eco-forestry project.

A Lesser Bird of Paradise on a branch

Image | April 28, 2006 at 5:09

A Lesser Bird of Paradise on a branch, displaying its yellow and white tail feathers

Sep Galeva

Image | April 28, 2006 at 4:55

Sep Galeva, head of Lake Murray's Kuni tribe, with two of his children. Sep invited Greenpeace to the area to help tribes mark out their customary land. His message to his people is this: "Let’s stand together and protect our forest for the...

A cassowary visits a Lake Murray village

Image | April 28, 2006 at 4:42

A cassowary visits a Lake Murray village

a boy from Kubut Village

Image | April 28, 2006 at 4:39

a boy from Kubut Village, Lake Murray, swimming in the lake.

Village boys watch a demonstration of a mobile

Image | April 28, 2006 at 4:35

Village boys watch a demonstration of a mobile saw mill. The village received the mill as part of the Global Forest Rescue Station project.

Papuans get a first hand view of the bridge

Image | April 28, 2006 at 0:00

Papuans get a first hand view of the bridge of Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, which sailed into the Indonesian province of Papua for the first time on 14 March 2006. The Warrior is on a mission to protect the Paradise Forests, the last...

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