Declining conditions in Alberta’s Boreal forest is putting biodiversity at risk.
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 h ome to millions of migratory songbirds, majestic caribou herds, a diversity of fragile plants and large predators like lynx and wolverine.
Current forest management strategies combined with industrial activity in Alberta, have resulted in a forest that is:
The result is a decline of wildlife (i.e. caribou, grizzly bear, forest birds) and wilderness values.
In addition to best practices in land use planning CPAWS supports:
Credible worldwide timber certifications for all forest types. The FSC National Boreal Standard means protecting rare, threatened and endangered species and habitats, leaving more old-growth stands, using techniques to maintain biodiversity, and minimizing impacts.
Ecological Forest Management
Practices that attempt to maintain forest diversity as close to a natural pattern as possible, and still provide our needs for forest products. This is done by cutting forests of a greater variety of ages with a greater variety of cut block sizes and shapes and leaving more forest structure.
CPAWS plays a leading role in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). This historic agreement between conservation groups and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) covers more than 72 million hectares of public forests licensed to FPAC member companies across Canada.
CPAWS Northern Alberta is an active member in the CBFA BC/Alberta Regional Working Group.
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