Big compromise reached on Canada’s Boreal by environmental groups and forestry industry

Mongabay.com – In what is being heralded as the ‘world’s largest conservation agreement’ 20 Canadian forestry companies and nine environmental organizations have announced an agreement covering 72 million hectares of the Canadian boreal forest (an area bigger than France). Reaching a major compromise, the agreement essentially ends a long battle between several environmental groups and the companies signing on, all members of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). The companies will suspend any new logging in 29 million hectares of forest—about the size of Montana and approximately 40 percent of the land agreement—that is considered prime habitat for caribou. The logging suspension will last for three years during what is being called a ‘planning period.’ The woodland caribou are seen as a flagship species that, if protected, will aid other threatened species.

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