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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Forest Rescue: Tongass 2004

Feature story | July 12, 2004 at 18:00

Our Forest Crimes Unit wrapped up the first phase of this year's activities in the Tongass rainforest in Alaska. We met with Haida and Tlingit natives, and talked about the impacts of large-scale commercial logging on their communities.

Forest Rescue: Southern Oregon 2004

Feature story | June 27, 2004 at 18:00

For the month of June 2004, Greenpeace, local activists, ecologists, and volunteers from around the world were gathered at our first Forest Rescue Station in the United States. The Rescue Station highlighted the proposed Kelsey-Whisky timber sale...

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.

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