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Canada’s boreal forest stretches across 1.2 billion acres, from the Yukon to Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the largest intact forest and wetland ecosystem in the world. The boreal stores twice as much carbon per acre as tropical rain forests while teeming with wildlife—including millions of caribou, tens of millions of ducks and geese, and billions of migratory birds. A consortium of funders, including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and the Michelle and Robert Friend Foundation, have joined to support Pew’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign and secure lasting protections for the forest, which plays a vital role in the health of the planet.

Each funder has individual interests that support the project, including research, field work, and coalition-building activities. For example, the Hewlett Foundation is focused on protecting intact ecosystems across western North America, including the Thaidene Nene National Park and associated conservation areas, which total 6.4 million acres in the Northwest Territories of Canada. All of Pew’s partners share a common goal: safeguarding 1 billion acres of boreal forest by 2022. Already, significant progress has been achieved, with more than 860 million acres protected, committed for protection, or pledged to sustainable development and conservation planning.

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“Pew and its partners have built an incredible network to advance a comprehensive, science-based vision to protect and sustain the boreal ecosystem. We have the utmost confidence in our investment because their tiered and targeted approach is working. We also greatly value being a part of a funding group with such a deep reserve of intellect and experience. Whether an individual or foundation, each partner’s feedback helps us raise the bar, to the benefit of the boreal,” says Ivan Thompson, program officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Wild Salmon Ecosystem Initiative.

“Ducks Unlimited strongly supports cooperative boreal conservation efforts with First Nations, industries, and governments,” says Paul Bonderson, president of Ducks Unlimited. “It is our goal to make this the greatest terrestrial conservation effort in the world.”

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