Known as one of the largest ecosystems on the planet, the boreal forest wraps around the Northern Hemisphere and covers approximately 33 per cent of earth’s forested area. Nearly one-third of the global boreal forest zone resides within Canada and it extends from Newfoundland and Labrador to the Yukon and northern British Columbia.
While the ecosystem is celebrated for its trees, it also includes thousands of lakes, rivers, wetlands, peat bogs, and many treeless areas such as mountains and coastal plains. The landscape within the boreal forest zone supports about two-thirds of Canada’s known species. This ecosystem also has global environmental benefits as it helps to purify air and water, store carbon and regulate the climate. Therefore, managing and maintaining a healthy, intact and functioning boreal forest across Canada is not only essential to Canadians, but to the world.