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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

 

Stop the Horror: Ban Illegal Timber

Feature story | February 7, 2007 at 0:00

If you buy or sell pirate DVDs you would be breaking the law. You could face a fine or even get jail time. But when companies in Europe buy or sell illegal timber from the last of the world's ancient forests they won't even have the timber...

Greenpeace activists dress as entrepreneurs

Image | January 24, 2007 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists dress as entrepreneurs and enact a ‘street market’ auction under a banner stating "Indonesia’s Forests on sale" and a map of forest areas to be auctioned to highlight the Indonesia Forestry Ministry’s latest plans of...

Greenpeace activists outside of the European

Image | November 9, 2006 at 10:26

Greenpeace activists outside of the European headquarters of the world’s largest paper tissue manufacturer, Kimberly-Clark.

Europe fuelling Canadian forest destruction

Feature story | November 9, 2006 at 0:00

Italy is a long way from the giant ancient Boreal forest that stretches across Canada. Despite the distance that separates them however, people buying Kimberly-Clark products in Italy and many other European countries are inadvertently helping to...

Finland receives Golden Chainsaw award

Feature story | September 27, 2006 at 0:00

In the decades between the 1950s and 1970s birch trees in Finland were considered 'flora non grata' by foresters as they weren't commercially useful. They were routinely cut down and poisoned to reduce their numbers. In some areas, the Finns even...

Clearcut forest in Russia

Image | September 26, 2006 at 15:19

Clearcut forest in Russia. Much of the timber from clearcuts like these are destined for Finland.

Globe warms: rainforests burn

Feature story | September 12, 2006 at 0:00

In what is becoming an annual event, increasingly frequent and more intense fires are sweeping through the tropical rainforests of Indonesia and Brazil. The burning of the rainforests not only threaten biodiversity in the affected areas but, by...

Illegal logging debate heats up in Papua New Guinea

Feature story | August 11, 2006 at 14:56

The debate on illegal logging in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is heating up. Rimbunan Hijau (RH), the largest logging company in PNG, commissioned an Australian consultancy company, ITS-Global, to write a report attacking Greenpeace in an attempt to...

Rimbunan Hijau Can’t Handle The Truth

Publication | August 11, 2006 at 12:11

In July 2006 an Australian consulting company, ITS-Global, published a report called “Whatever it Takes: Greenpeace's anti-forestry campaign in Papua New Guinea".The report was paid for by Rimbunan Hijau (RH), the largest foreign owned logging...

After massive consumer pressure

Image | July 25, 2006 at 9:57

After massive consumer pressure, McDonald's will no longer sell chicken fed on soya grown in deforested areas of the Amazon rainforest.

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