The Canadian Boreal

The Canadian boreal forests stretch from Ontario to the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, making up fully 25 percent of the world’s last remaining intact, original forests. Canada’s boreal region hosts over one billion migratory birds, endangered Caribou, Grizzley bears and seasonal home to 75% of North America’s waterfowl. Unfortunately, the boreal also suffers the brunt of Weyerhaeuser’s destructive clearcut forestry.

This spring, Weyerhaeuser intends to push clearcuts into the Bighorn Country, a proposed park in the foothills region of Alberta—also known as the Alberta’s “biological mixing bowl”. The forest hosts threatened mountain caribou herds, grizzly bears and the endangered bull trout. With much of the Foothills region already transformed by industrialdevelopment, these species are declining--threatening to disrupt the delicate balance of this pristine wilderness. Despite these threats, Weyerhaeuser opposes park status for Foothills and the sustainable practices required to ensure the long-term integrity of the delicate ecosystem.

In Ontario, Weyerhaeuser is clearcutting through roadless areas and endangered species habitat, including the Trout Lake Forest, where nearly 1 million cubic meters of wood is cut each year. Trout Lake marks the northern limit of clearcut logging in Ontario, but Weyerhaeuser is proposing a 44 kilometer road deep into the interior. Such intensive development would jeopardize caribou populations as well as the thriving remote tourism industry that relies on these wilderness areas.