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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

 

Statement regarding CIB - FSC certification

Publication | May 29, 2006 at 11:33

A big step forward but unresolved sawmill and governance issues threaten credibility of FSC certificate.

Men

Image | May 26, 2006 at 10:42

Men, women and children carry the eco-timber out of the forest, to a waiting barge. Eco-timber is milled on the spot where the tree was felled, thus causing minimal damage to the forest.

Sep Galeva

Image | May 26, 2006 at 10:36

Sep Galeva, of the Kuni tribe, invited Greenpeace and other organisations to help the people of Lake Murray establish eco-forestry projects. Sep is pictured as the first eco-timber shipment is loaded onto a barge.

The GFRS volunteers and landowners rescued

Image | May 26, 2006 at 10:30

The GFRS volunteers and landowners rescued this barge from the bottom of Lake Murray. It was restored and decorated before being loaded with the first shipment of local eco-timber.

Our legacy in Lake Murray

Feature story | May 26, 2006 at 0:00

After three months, our Global Forest Rescue Station (GFRS) in remote Papua New Guinea has come to an end.

The first shipment of eco

Image | May 26, 2006 at 0:00

The first shipment of eco-timber from Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea, sets off. Greenpeace and other organisations has spent the past three months in PNG, training Lake Murray landowners to start a small-scale, community -run eco-timber business.

Greenpeace Activists in Brazil Block Cargill Soy Facility

Feature story | May 22, 2006 at 0:00

After two years of investigation, we’ve uncovered a string of illegal soy production that is destroying the Amazon rainforest, and can be traced to a large American corporation: Cargill.

Cargill - Eating up the Amazon

Publication | May 19, 2006 at 14:45

Greenpeace research shows that the arrival of Cargill in Santarém, and of soya farmers close behind, is having severe environmental impacts in the Amazon in western Pará State in Brazil.

The Fly River

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:30

The Fly River, near Lake Murray in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The run-off from destructive and illegal logging pollutes these waterways.

Beautiful Lake Murray

Image | May 19, 2006 at 9:27

Beautiful Lake Murray, in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The forests in this region are under threat from illegal and destructive logging.

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