12% protection not enough for Canada’s Boreal Forest

The Boreal Forest provides a home to threatened species such as woodland caribou, grizzly bears and wolverine.

This week the Canadian Press reported on progress that’s been made regarding protection in Canada’s Boreal Forest. Citing the Canadian Boreal Initiative, Bob Weber reports that: “the amount of boreal forest under some form of government protection has doubled since 2007 to about 12 per cent of the total area…” While a 50% increase may seem significant, unfortunately 12% protection falls far below what science recommends to protect ecosystems.

Currently scientists, including the scientists of the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel, recommend that at least 50% of the Boreal Forest be protected in order to protect ecosystem services, species at risk, and the livelihoods of forest dependent communities.  At 1.3 billion acres, Canada’s Boreal Forest is one of the largest remaining intact forests on Earth, and is the largest terrestrial carbon sink. It also provides a home to threatened species such as woodland caribou, grizzly bears and wolverine. Hundreds of First Nation communities rely on the Boreal Forest for fish and wildlife.

Read the full story here.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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