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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

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Pale coloured, umbrella shaped fungi.

Image | 1 January, 1995 at 1:00

Pale coloured, umbrella shaped fungi.

Victory at the CITES meeting means mahogany

Image | 1 January, 1995 at 0:00

Victory at the CITES meeting means mahogany will have a fighting chance and the Amazon and its people will benefit.

River during heavy rain storm.

Image | 1 January, 1994 at 1:00

River during heavy rain storm.

Close up of leaves eaten by insects on Mount

Image | 1 January, 1994 at 1:00

Close up of leaves eaten by insects on Mount Kinabalu.

Shafts of sunlight shining through trees

Image | 1 January, 1994 at 1:00

Shafts of sunlight shining through trees on Mount Kinabalu.

Aerial view of forest in Sarawak.

Image | 1 January, 1994 at 1:00

Aerial view of forest in Sarawak.

River water flowing over moss covered rocks

Image | 1 January, 1994 at 1:00

River water flowing over moss covered rocks.

Clearcutting of Canada's temperate rainforest

Image | 16 September, 1993 at 1:00

Clearcutting of Canada's temperate rainforest, Tofino Creek, Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island.

Logging in Siberia.

Image | 1 September, 1993 at 1:00

Logging in Siberia.

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