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From the vast northern Boreal forest to the temperate forests stretching across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, Canada is home to some of the largest unbroken tracts of forest on the planet. CPAWS’ goal is to conserve at least half of our Boreal forests, and to create a network of large conservation areas within the temperate Eastern Woodlands of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario.

Canada's Boreal forest represents 25% of the world's remaining frontier forests, while southern forests in Ontario, Quebec and the maritimes form a surprisingly wild network of wilderness, despite encroaching development.

Forests are of enormous value to Canada, providing

  • vital wildlife habitat
  • a filter for air and water
  • a hedge against climate change, by storing carbon
  • a place for recreation
  • a source of pulp and paper, ideally with responsible logging practices

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A New Climate for Conservation: Nature Carbon and Climate Change in BC (January 2010)

A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia explores the role of nature conservation in a climate action strategy for ecological adaptation (Part 1) and ecological mitigation
(Part 2), with the key recommendation to develop a comprehensive and integrated Nature Conservation and Climate Action Strategy for the Province of British Columbia. This report was commissioned by the Working Group on Biodiversity, Forests and Climate, an alliance of Environmental Non-governmental Organizations (ENGOs) including: B.C. Spaces for Nature, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, ForestEthics, Land Trust Alliance of B.C., West Coast Environmental Law, and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

Canadian Wilderness, Fall 2015 (Fall 2015)

Partnering for conservation: How indegnous peoples and CPAWS are working together to protect ancestral territories.

Looking for Action: Caribou losing ground (December 2014)

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).

Population Critical: How are Canada’s Boreal Woodland Caribou Faring? (2013)

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.

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (2010)

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement covers more than 72 million hectares of public forests licensed to Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) member companies across Canada. It includes 21 forest companies, who are members of the Forest Products Association of Canada, and nine leading environmental organizations. Under the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, FPAC members commit to the highest environmental standards of forest management and conservation, while environmental organizations commit to global recognition and support for FPAC members efforts.

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