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.

World map of remaining intact forest landscapes

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

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The Klamath-Siskiyou Region of the Pacific Northwest

Feature story | May 31, 2004 at 18:00

In the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management target ancient forests of the Klamath and Siskiyou Mountains for commercial logging.

Bureau of Land Management: Our Ancient Forests under the Freewheeling Axe

Feature story | May 27, 2004 at 18:00

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an arm of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and directly controls over 261 million acres of publicly-owned lands across 12 western states. Due to its pro-timber agenda, it is often referred to as the...

Death by a Thousand Cuts: A Timeline of the Bush Administration's Pro-Logging Policies

Feature story | May 19, 2004 at 18:00

Take a look back at the Bush administration's actions that have endangered America's national forests.

Help Save the last 5% of Our Ancient Forests

Feature story | May 11, 2004 at 18:00

Are you tired of the Bush administration placing corporate special interests ahead of the public interest by limiting citizen involvement in public lands decisions and sacrificing America's ancient forests, roadless wildlands, clean air and water?

Activists Speak Out

Feature story | May 9, 2004 at 18:00

"On April 12, 2002 I was arrested in Miami along with several other Greenpeace activists for protesting a shipment of illegal mahogany into the United States...." Hear from some of the activists who were in Miami two years ago participating in...

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