Fact Sheet

Photos: A Forest of Blue - Canada's Boreal Forest

  • March 16, 2011

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Boreal Forest peatlands, credit: Chad Delany

Rich in peatlands and wetlands, Canada's boreal also is the world's largest carbon storehouse, sequestering a total of 208 billion tonnes of carbon, equivalent to 26 years worth of the world's annual fossil fuel emissions. Mandatory Photo Credit: Chad Delany

Boreal Forest lake, credit: David Nunuk

Ecosystem services provided by Canada's boreal, such as climate control, food, and water filtration, are estimated to be more than $700 billion annually. Mandatory Photo Credit: David Nunuk

Boreal Forest, credit: Steve Kallick

Canada has a unique opportunity to protect the boreal forest and the precious water reserves it contains – and set an example for conservation leadership worldwide. Mandatory Photo Credit: Steve Kallick

Boreal Forest water, credit: D. Langhorst, Ducks Unlimited

Some of Canada's most iconic and often threatened species, such as woodland caribou, rely on the northern boreal as industry encroaches on the forests of the south. Mandatory Photo Credit: Valerie Courtois

Caribou in the Boreal Forest, credit: Valerie Courtois

Mandatory Photo Credit: Per Breihagen

Wildlife in the Boreal Forest, credit: Per Breihagen

According to a new report by the Pew Environment Group, Canada's boreal forest contains the world's largest and most pristine freshwater ecosystem on Earth. Mandatory Photo Credit: D. Langhorst, Ducks Unlimited

Boreal Forest wetlands, credit: Jeff Wells

Mandatory Photo Credit: Jeff Wells

Boreal Forest wetlands, credit: Jeff Wells

Mandatory Photo Credit: Jeff Wells

Boreal Forest rivers, credit: Larry Innes

Mandatory Photo Credit: Larry Innes

Map: flow of rivers, credit: Genevieve Margherio

Rivers originating in Canada's boreal provide nutrients to marine life, create Arctic sea ice, and influence currents that stretch thousands of miles. Mandatory Map Credit: Genevieve Margherio

Map: industrial disturbances, credit: Global Forest Watch Canada

While industrial disturbances have to date been largely concentrated in the south, expansion northward continues. Mandatory Map Credit: Global Forest Watch Canada

Map: global surface water, credit: Global Forest Watch Canada

At 197 million acres, the surface area of Canada's boreal lakes and rivers alone are larger than all but 36 countries. Mandatory Map Credit: Global Forest Watch Canada

Map: global forests

Map of intact forests of the world.

Map: Canadian wetlands

Wetlands Map

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