In an unexpected departure from year-end environmental doomsaying, a leading Canadian conservation group has compiled a Top 10 list showcasing major gains in 2011 for the country's vast boreal forest.
The Canadian Boreal Initiative, an Ottawa-based advocacy group that works with governments, First Nations, industry and scientists to promote ecosystem protection and sustainable development, is highlighting several landmark conservation agreements announced in 2011 — the UN's International Year of the Forest — to safeguard Canada's boreal wilderness from destructive logging and mining practices and other threats.
In fourth spot was a Pew Environment Group report that highlighted the global significance of the boreal forest's water resources. The report, released in March, noted that Canada's northern woods contain "25 per cent of the planet's wetlands, millions of pristine lakes and thousands of free-flowing rivers, totalling more than 197 million acres of surface freshwater."
Read the full article, Good News Outweighs Bad for Canada's Boreal Forest in 2011: Report, on the Vancouver Sun website.