Save the Canadian Boreal
What's at Stake
Stop logging, oil, gas, and mining companies from destroying the planet’s last intact old-growth forests.
Home to indigenous peoples for millennia, Canada’s boreal forest is where hundreds of First Nations and indigenous peoples communities live to this day. This “Serengeti of the North” is also the breeding ground for more than three billion North American birds, from whooping cranes to the great gray owl, and the home of many endangered animals, including the boreal caribou. The forest is also a critical tool in the fight against climate change: More than 300 billion tons of carbon is stored within the forest’s trees and peatlands—the equivalent of 36 years’ worth of world fossil fuel emissions.
But this enchanted forest is no fairy tale. Logging, oil, gas, and mining companies are exploiting the land—clearing more than one million acres on average each year—in some cases plowing roads through ancestral hunting grounds and jeopardizing animal migratory routes.
For more than two decades, NRDC supported conservation leaders and indigenous communities in their quest to protect the boreal. By pushing stronger policies and working with local partners, we can safeguard the planet’s largest old-growth forest and all the people and wildlife that rely on it.
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The point is simple: In the 21st century, we shouldn’t be relying on intact forests for products that we use once and throw away.
If caribou are to remain real animals in the wild and not simply fodder for holiday cards, then policymakers, companies and the public will need to take swift and dedicated action to save them.
The number of years that the Waswanipi Cree have been trying to protect the Broadback River Valley forest from logging, which has degraded 90 percent of their territory.
The number of student environmental groups, student governments, and sustainability coordinators from colleges and universities across the United States that urged Canadian federal and provincial government officials to safeguard the boreal forest
The number of tons of the earth’s land-based carbon held by the boreal forest
The average number of acres cleared in Canada’s boreal forest every year
Number of indigenous communities living in the boreal region