Greenpeace lauds historic new pact to save Canada’s Boreal Forest

Greenpeace today joined eight other environmental groups and forest companies in the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)* to announce the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, a historic pact that will lead to large-scale protection of wilderness areas in Canada’s Boreal Forest, protection of threatened woodland caribou, and significantly higher environmental standards for forest management.

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Greenpeace lauds historic new pact to save Canada’s Boreal Forest

Forests Worldwide


Eight thousand years ago, large tracts of ancient forest covered almost half the Earth's land area. Today, only one-fifth of the original forests remain as large areas of ancient forest. The rest have been destroyed, degraded or fragmented by relentless human activity.

In the last 50 years, 20 percent of the world's ancient forests have been cleared. The primary causes of forest loss and degradation vary from region to region. They include agricultural expansion, mining, settlement, shifting agriculture, plantation establishment and infrastructural development.

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*This includes both damaged areas and intact forest areas smaller than 500 km2

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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Feature story | June 11, 2003 at 18:00

The 818,000-acre Sitgreaves National Forest (SNF) averages approximately 7,000 feet in elevation and is characterized by gentle terrain interspersed with steep drainages. Pure ponderosa pine, mixed-conifer and pinyon-juniper forests dominate much...

Plumas National Forest of California

Feature story | June 11, 2003 at 18:00

The Plumas National Forest encompasses 1.4 million acres of California's northern Sierra Nevada range. An ongoing legacy of logging, grazing and road construction has damaged many of the forest's 4,700 miles of rivers and streams, left few...

Kootenai National Forest of Montana

Feature story | June 11, 2003 at 18:00

Logging and mining have devastated the Kootenai National Forest's ecosystem and have threatened the survival of wildlife that depends on it. Continued management under the present resource extraction model, underscored by politics and economies...

Bitterroot National Forest Bordering Montana and Northern Idaho

Feature story | June 10, 2003 at 18:00

Roughly half of the Bitterroot National Forest contains some of the most pristine wilderness in the Northern Rockies, but the remainder is severely damaged from past logging and road building.

UK Home Office Construction Site Declared Forest Crime Scene

Feature story | June 3, 2003 at 18:00

UK contractors using illegally logged Indonesian timber found their construction site shut down by activists in protest.

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