Boreal Forest in the News
Editorial: Safeguarding the North
July 16, 2008
For most Ontarians, the vast boreal forest that blankets the province's far north is little more than an abstraction. The remote region has only 24,000 residents, mostly native people, and remains virtually untouched by development.
But there is good reason to worry about the future of this huge swath of trees, lakes and wetlands. Comprising 43 per cent of Ontario's land mass, it absorbs some 12.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. It is also home to more than 200 sensitive animal species, including polar bears, wolverines and caribou.
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