Protecting Canada’s boreal forest
Birch River (Photo by NCC)
Canada’s boreal forest represents one-quarter of the planet’s last remaining intact forest. It contains 25 per cent of the world’s wetlands and is a nursery for billions of migratory birds. The boreal forest also provides habitat for some of North America’s iconic large mammals, such as wolf, cougar and all three species of bear (black, grizzly and polar).
North America’s boreal forest is larger than the country of India, and although the majority of Canada’s boreal is intact, human development along the southern edge continues to push further and further north.
As Canadians we have a responsibility, not just to our country but to the planet, to protect this amazing landscape. One way we can do this is to support the work of land trusts, like the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), who work to conserve important natural areas across the country.
In May 2018, NCC was involved in the creation of Birch River Wildland Provincial Park. When combined with adjacent protected areas, the park measures more than 67,000 square kilometres of boreal forest and is the world’s largest area of contiguous protected boreal forest.
The following video was created to celebrate this amazing accomplishment. Thank you to our partners, the Tallcree Tribal Government, the Government of Alberta and Syncrude, who came together to make this achievement possible.