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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

 

The importance of being a big tree

Blog entry by Dr Janet Cotter | 16 January, 2014 1 comment

We know that forests are biodiversity-rich, and we know they provide us with essential ecosystem services, such as regulating water flows and influencing weather patterns . One ecosystem service often discussed these days is the role...

Forest Carbon Scam

Feature story | 15 October, 2009 at 17:12

Coal and oil companies are using forest offset projects to try and cheat the climate. Our new report Carbon Scam investigates how American Electric Power, BP and Pacificorp - all investors in the Noel Kempff Climate Action Project in Bolivia -...

Global cattle giants unite to ban Amazon Destruction

Feature story | 5 October, 2009 at 0:00

Today we have good news from the Amazon. Four of the biggest players in the global cattle industry have joined forces to reduce their carbon hoofprint and back our call for zero deforestation. JBS-Friboi, Bertin, Minerva and Marfrig are going to...

Leather industry giant moves to end Amazon destruction

Feature story | 14 August, 2009 at 15:14

Bertin, the world’s largest leather exporter is joining the fight against deforestation and climate change and is finally doing the right thing and backing the call for a moratorium on buying cattle from farms responsible for Amazon deforestation.

Victory for the Boreal Forest! Kimberly-Clark announces new paper policy

Feature story | 5 August, 2009 at 0:00

It is finally time to celebrate a major victory for the Boreal Forest! Kimberly-Clark has, as a result of public pressure, released a new environmental fibre policy that governs how it will help conserve forests and support sustainable forestry...

Greenpeace activists block palm oil shipment in Indonesia

Feature story | 10 November, 2008 at 0:00

In the latest stage of the Esperanza's Forests for Climate tour around south-east Asia, activists have arrived in Dumai, Indonesia to block a palm oil shipment from departing for Europe.

Conning the Congo

Feature story | 30 July, 2008 at 0:00

Just as the need to save the world’s forests for climate protection is becoming widely recognised, we have discovered that major logging companies - operating in the Congo basin - are increasingly destroying one of the most ecologically important...

First shipment of Lake Murray eco-timber arrives in Australia

Feature story | 28 February, 2008 at 0:00

A shipping container filled with sawn timber from an eco-forestry project in Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea (PNG) has arrived in Sydney, Australia.

Palm oil: Cooking the Climate

Feature story | 8 November, 2007 at 0:00

If, as you read this, you're tucking into a KitKat or dipping into a tube of Pringles, you might be interested to know that these products contain palm oil that is linked to the destruction of forests and peatlands in Indonesia. As our new report...

Forests and climate up in smoke

Feature story | 10 October, 2007 at 0:00

Never has the threat to the world’s forests been more acute nor the risk of dangerous climate change so imminent. With about one-fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions being caused by forest destruction we are highlighting how Indonesia...

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