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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

 

Illegally logged "blood timber" from Liberia

Image | 24 March, 2009 at 0:00

Ravenna port, Italy. Activists chain themselves to illegally logged "blood timber" from Liberia.

Greenpeace activists dress as entrepreneurs

Image | 24 January, 2007 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists dress as entrepreneurs and enact a ‘street market’ auction under a banner stating "Indonesia’s Forests on sale" and a map of forest areas to be auctioned to highlight the Indonesia Forestry Ministry’s latest plans of...

Greenpeace activists outside of the European

Image | 9 November, 2006 at 10:26

Greenpeace activists outside of the European headquarters of the world’s largest paper tissue manufacturer, Kimberly-Clark.

Clearcut forest in Russia

Image | 26 September, 2006 at 15:19

Clearcut forest in Russia. Much of the timber from clearcuts like these are destined for Finland.

After massive consumer pressure

Image | 25 July, 2006 at 9:57

After massive consumer pressure, McDonald's will no longer sell chicken fed on soya grown in deforested areas of the Amazon rainforest.

Aerial view of the Amazon forest.

Image | 25 July, 2006 at 0:00

Aerial view of the Amazon forest.

Timber trader Gus Kouwenhoven has been found

Image | 7 June, 2006 at 0:00

Timber trader Gus Kouwenhoven has been found guilty of arms smuggling in war-torn Liberia.

Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Sam Moko talks

Image | 31 May, 2006 at 11:02

Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Sam Moko talks to Rimbunan Hijau security guards while attempting to deliver Rimbunan Hijau with the Golden Chainsaw Award.

A Rimbunan Hijau security guard asks Greenpeace

Image | 31 May, 2006 at 11:00

A Rimbunan Hijau security guard asks Greenpeace activists to leave the Rimbunan Hijau office when they tried to present the company with the Golden Chainsaw award.

Men

Image | 26 May, 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.

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