Protect Canada’s forests from degradation

Photo: Leo Van Doormaal

No more low bars for forestry

Canada needs to own up to the fact that current forestry practices are not sustainable. We must demonstrate leadership to jump-start a change from status quo industrial operations.

The first step is to develop an honest definition of what “forest degradation” means.

Unfortunately, recommendations from the provincial and territorial Canadian Council of Forest Ministers uphold the status quo and perpetuate the myth that Canadian forestry practices are already sustainable.

If that were true, boreal woodland caribou wouldn’t be threatened with extinction throughout Canada. The caribou are an “umbrella” species, meaning that protecting their habitat and needs also protects other species that make up the ecosystem.

Please take a moment to tell Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson that we won’t stand for insufficient protection of Canada’s forests.