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Canada’s Boreal Forest

  • Canada’s Boreal forest is an area over 12 times the size of California and stretches from Alaska to the Atlantic Ocean across the center of Canada
  • Canada's Boreal contains 25 percent of the world¹s remaining intact forest and, along with the Amazon and Russian taiga, is one of the world¹s three largest intact forest landscapes.
  • In 2001 it is estimated that logging destroyed 85,000 migratory birds nests in Ontario alone.
  • The Boreal is home to approximately 500 First Nation communities.
  • The Boreal stores more carbon than any terrestrial ecosystem on Earth and is a key regulator of global climate.
  • About two acres of the Boreal is being logged per minute, mostly through clear-cutting. Less than 8% of the Boreal is legally protected from large scale industrial development.
  • The United States imports a staggering 80% of all Canadian wood and paper exports. The Boreal is coming to the United States in the form of catalogs, toilet paper, book paper, magazines, lumber, newspapers, office paper, paper towels, diapers, etc.

The Endangered Boreal Forests of Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Foothills

  • Only 2% of Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Foothills eco-region is legally protected from logging, oil and gas drilling and other industrial development. The Little Smoky and Big Horn Endangered Forests are two of the most extensive and least disturbed areas in the Foothills that are in need of immediate protection.
  • West Fraser is currently logging both the Little Smoky and Big Horn Endangered Forests and turning them into wood products and pulp that goes into Victoria Secret Catalogs
  • The Little Smoky Endangered Forest is adjacent to the Magnificent Jasper National Park and contains some of the most important ecological values found in the Foothills.
  • Woodland caribou, grizzly bear, cougar, wolf, wolverine, fisher, marten, moose, elk, and deer still roam freely in this area, and its rivers and streams provide key habitat for a diversity of fish including bull trout, arctic grayling and mountain whitefish.
  • Woodland Caribou populations in West Fraser's Forest Management Area have declined 20% over the past 20 years and West Fraser’s plans for continued logging threaten their very existence.

For more information, go to the ForestEthics Boreal page.

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