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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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A dramatic view of the sky and Lake Murray

Image | 19 May, 2006 at 9:24

A dramatic view of the sky and Lake Murray.

Collecting wood to build a house in Kubut

Image | 19 May, 2006 at 9:22

Collecting wood to build a house in Kubut Village.

Men from the Catfish Clan navagate through

Image | 19 May, 2006 at 9:19

Men from the Catfish Clan navagate through reeds as they depart for a hunting camp on the banks of Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea.

A boy from the Catfish clan with a praying

Image | 19 May, 2006 at 9:17

A boy from the Catfish clan with a praying mantis on his head in Kubut Village, Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea.

A baby sits on his mother's lap while she

Image | 19 May, 2006 at 9:14

A baby sits on his mother's lap while she weaves a traditional basket. Kubut Village, Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea -

Villagers await the arrival of a small plane

Image | 19 May, 2006 at 9:11

Villagers await the arrival of a small plane at Lake Murray's airstrip.

A flower in Kubut Village

Image | 19 May, 2006 at 9:09

A flower in Kubut Village, Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea

Men chop down a tree chosen as suitable for

Image | 19 May, 2006 at 8:42

Men chop down a tree chosen as suitable for canoe making. Boats are the main form of transport in the Lake Murray region.

GFRS volunteer Anne Klaasen

Image | 19 May, 2006 at 8:30

GFRS volunteer Anne Klaasen, from The Netherlands, poses in a canoe on Lake Murray. The pictured was published used in a photo spread in a Dutch magazine.

Activists unfurl a banner in the Amazon protesting

Image | 18 May, 2006 at 17:39

Activists unfurl a banner in the Amazon protesting KFC's involvement in Amazon destruction.

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