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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

© D. Mussman
Protect Endangered Whooping Cranes from Hunting

Whooping Cranes have made an impressive recovery since numbering just 16 individuals in 1941. After successful efforts on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border, Whooping Cranes now number around 600 individuals. However, their long-term status is still very much in jeopardy. Although their primary summer breeding habitat is protected in Alberta's Boreal Forest via Wood Buffalo National Park, a pair of Whooping Cranes were recently fatally shot in their wintering grounds in Louisiana. Tell the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service to aggressively crack down on illegal killing of Whooping Cranes.

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, 15 million acres of boreal forest will be logged in Canada over the next decade. That's the equivalent of logging more than 3,000 American-sized football fields per day. 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 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.

© Matt Ward
Save Canada's Endangered Species

The notion shouldn't be complicated, but politics is once again trumping what science says we must do. Many of Canada's threatened and endangered species continue to be ignored despite some species barreling closer to extinction each year. Let Canadian officials know that protecting Canada's endangered species is a priority of the utmost importance.

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, 15 million acres of boreal forest will be logged in Canada over the next decade. That's the equivalent of logging more than 10,000 hockey rinks per day. The choices of 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.
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.

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