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You can make a difference in the future of North America's boreal forest. Speak up for our songbirds, whether by petition or through your spending choices!

U.S. Boreal Supporters

Protect North America's Bird Nursery

Billions of migratory birds flock to North America's boreal forest each spring to breed over the summer. Many of the 325+ bird species that breed there are highly reliant on this vast forest, and now they are in need of our help. The Boreal Songbird Initiative, Ducks Unlimited, Audubon, and other top bird groups across the continent are endorsing the need to protect at least half of North America's boreal forest for our birds. Add your name to the Boreal Birds Need Half endorsement to ensure these billions of birds have a home to return to for generations to come.

Act With Your Wallet

Nearly two-thirds of all forest product exports from Canada's boreal forest go directly to the United States. Much of this is used to make paper, including catalogs, junk mail, magazines, and newspapers. If long-term harvest trends continue, millions of acres of boreal forest will be logged in Canada over the next decade. The choices of U.S. consumers really do make a difference!

  • Home improvement projects coming up? Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo on wood and paper products. If your store doesn't carry FSC-certified products, ask them to! FSC even has their own boreal forest-specific set of sustainable requirements.
  • Use the highest post-consumer recycled fiber products you can find for all your paper needs, including printing paper, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. The closer it is to being 100% post-consumer recycled material, the better.

Canadian Boreal Supporters

Protect North America's Bird Nursery

Billions of migratory birds flock to North America's boreal forest each spring to breed over the summer. Many of the 325+ bird species that breed there are highly reliant on this vast forest, and now they are in need of our help. The Boreal Songbird Initiative, Ducks Unlimited, Audubon, and other top bird groups across the continent are endorsing the need to protect at least half of North America's boreal forest for our birds. Add your name to the Boreal Birds Need Half endorsement to ensure these billions of birds have a home to return to for generations to come.

Protect the Broadback Valley

The Broadback River of northwestern Quebec is one of the last large, undammed rivers remaining in the region. Its watershed not only provides healthy, intact habitat for the ever-dwindling woodland caribou, it also attracts a wide variety of migratory birds in search of pristine breeding grounds. Threatened songbirds such as Rusty Blackbird, Canada Warbler, and Evening Grosbeak are all reliant on the region and are joined by notable waterfowl and shorebird species, including American Black, Solitary Sandpiper, and Greater Yellowlegs.

The Grand Council of the Cree (Eeyou Istchee) is trying to protect 13,000 km2 of the region from industrial development, which has heavily eroded areas surrounding the Broadback, but are awaiting a decision from the Government of Quebec.

Protect the Peel River Watershed

In the northern expanses of Yukon's boreal forest lies a vast drainage basin that contains one of the most wild and untouched expanses of wilderness in North America. The Peel River Watershed is undergoing a potentially historic transformation into a large protected area, but the Yukon government has rejected the recommendation to put 80% of the area off limits to development. Let Yukon know that when it comes to conservation, bigger is typically better.

Protect the "Heart of the Boreal"

Pimachiowin Aki, a vast expanse of untouched wilderness on the east side of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba and Ontario and potential UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to a number of First Nations who have lived there for thousands of years. Many of their traditional ways of life are still active. It's also one of the most stunning parts of the boreal and is home to caribou and a wide variety of birds. Help it become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ask Premier Selinger to stay strong amid pressure to build an industrial transmission line through this beautiful area!

Protect Woodland Caribou from Further Decline

Woodland Caribou, often referred to as "Boreal Caribou" due to their almost exclusive use of boreal forest habitat, have been in severe decline over the past half-century. A combination of climate change and increasing expansion of industrial development into their habitat has left their population dwindling. Visit the "Caribou and You" action page and help protect this iconic species.

Act with Your Wallet

Although much of Canada's boreal forest products go directly to the United States, a lot still stays in Canada. If long-term harvest trends continue, millions of hectares of boreal forest will be logged in Canada over the next decade. The choices of Canadian consumers really do make a difference!

  • Home improvement projects coming up? Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo on wood and paper products. If your store doesn't carry FSC-certified products, ask them to! FSC even has their own boreal forest-specific set of sustainable requirements.
  • Use the highest post-consumer recycled fiber products you can find for all your paper needs, including printing paper, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. The closer it is to being 100% post-consumer recycled material, the better.

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With BSI Senior Scientist Jeff Wells, Ph.D.