Canada's Boreal is home to the world's largest remaining stretches of intact forests. What's more, our Boreal forest buffers against climate change, storing large amounts of carbon providing refuge for wildlife to adapt as their habitats change. CPAWS is working across Canada to protect the Boreal's lands, waters and wildlife.
Canada's Boreal is one of the last frontier forests in the world. It provides essential services that human society depends on, like
Most of the planet's other great forests have been lost to industrial development, but Canada's Boreal is still home to millions of migratory songbirds, majestic caribou herds, a diversity of fragile plants and large predators like lynx and wolverine.
The greatest threat to Canada's Boreal is industrial development and its effects, such as climate change. Although much of the forest is still relatively intact, industrial activities like logging, mining, and oil and gas development continue to eat away at our remaining wilderness areas.
Industrial activities impact the Boreal Forest by:
Each year, more than 8,000 square kilometres are logged in Canada.
Underneath Canada's Boreal Forest lies an oil deposit the size of Florida - the oil sands.
Over 90% of the Boreal forest is currently open for mining exploration and claim staking.
Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement
This historic agreement between conservation groups and the Forest Products Association of Canada covers more than 72 million hectares of public forests licensed to FPAC member companies across Canada.
Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI)
Based in Ottawa, the Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse partners to create new solutions for Boreal Forest conservation and works as a catalyst supporting on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal by governments, industry, First Nations, conservation groups, major retailers, financial institutions and scientists.
Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI)
The Boreal Songbird Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to outreach and education about the importance of the Boreal Forest region to North America’s birds. BSI works to mobilize environmental and birding groups and individuals to influence Canadian government and industry policies.
International Boreal Conservation Campaign (IBCC)
The IBCC is an initiative of the PEW Charitable Trust with major support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Lenfest Foundation.
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
WCS Canada generates and shares knowledge and understanding about key wildlife species and their survival needs with conservation groups, resource agencies and governments. This science, developed through detailed field research, helps to guide decisions and planning for how to best protect both species and ecosystems.
This report is our second annual review of Canada’s progress in conserving boreal woodland caribou habitat since the 2012 release of the federal recovery strategy for boreal caribou under the Species-at-Risk Act (SARA).
In our first annual assessment of how well provinces and territories are doing in meeting their obligations to protect boreal caribou since the federal recovery strategy for the species was released in 2012, the majority get bottom marks for lagging so far behind in protecting one of Canada’s most iconic species at risk.
This issue of Canadian Wilderness commemorates what CPAWS has accomplished in its first half century. It profiles some of the leaders who have built our organization over those 50 years and some of the staff and volunteers who carry on that tradition today.
CPAWS responds to Alberta's plan for the future of the oilsands region.
CPAWS and Mining Watch Canada joint letter to the Federal Government regarding the environmental assessment of the Cliffs Chromite Project in Ontario's "Ring of Fire".
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