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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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People travel on a canoe at sunset

Image | 15 May, 2006 at 6:52

People travel on a canoe at sunset, near the Ogia village. Some clans have a motor boat. Most families build their own dug-out canoe.

Jammy carries a wild pig

Image | 15 May, 2006 at 6:42

Jammy carries a wild pig. The people of Lake Murray region live a largely subsistence lifestyle, hunting and gathering food and growing their own sago crop.

Slice of paradise arrives in Japan

Feature story | 11 May, 2006 at 8:25

First we intercepted the MV Ardhianto when it was loading a thousand cubic metres of destructively logged plywood in Sorong harbour, Papua. Today, as the ship prepared to unload a slice of the Paradise Forests in Yokohama harbour, Japan, our...

Campaigners Hapsoro and Yuka Ozaki bear witness

Image | 11 May, 2006 at 8:14

Campaigners Hapsoro and Yuka Ozaki bear witness as the MV Ardhianto unloads its cargo of plywood from the Paradise Forests. The company involved in this protest, Kayu Lapis Indonesia’s (KLI), is being investigated by the Indonesian government...

The MV Ardhianto unloading one thousand cubic

Image | 11 May, 2006 at 8:07

The MV Ardhianto unloading one thousand cubic metres of destructively logged plywood from the Paradise Forests. Japan is the world’s largest importer of Indonesian plywood. Much of this plywood is used in construction and is thrown away once it...

Activists ask a pertinent question as the

Image | 11 May, 2006 at 7:58

Activists ask a pertinent question as the MV Ardhianto unloads plywood from the Paradise Forests ion to the dock at Yokohama harbour.

Local land owners attend a meeting on Forest

Image | 10 May, 2006 at 5:16

Local land owners attend a meeting on Forest Management, Lake Murray area, PNG

Local land owners

Image | 10 May, 2006 at 5:09

Local land owners, Greenpeace activists and volunteers look at demarcation maps at the Global Forest Rescue Station.

A man builds a house with materials he collected

Image | 10 May, 2006 at 4:51

A man builds a house with materials he collected in the forest, wood and sago - the only thing he needed to buy were the nails.

Children walking through a village in Lake

Image | 10 May, 2006 at 0:00

Children walking through a village in Lake Murray. The income from community eco-forestry initiatives will help fund education in the region.

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