Canada’s Boreal Forest

Striking a balance between conservation and development

Canada’s Boreal Forest
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“There’s not many places like this left,” says Chris Smith, wildlife biologist. With more than 35 years of experience, Smith heads Ducks Unlimited Canada’s boreal conservation programs, managing the nonprofit group’s science-based efforts to protect forest and wetlands in the region.

The boreal region of Canada stretches across more than a billion acres, and is one of the largest intact forest ecosystems on Earth. Pew’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign encourages a balance between development and conservation and works with the people who live there to achieve that goal. People of the Boreal is a multimedia project that tells the stories of those who have the most to gain or lose from decisions about how the region is managed.

Learn more about Ducks Unlimited Canada biologist Chris Smith, and view the entire People of the Boreal series.

Chris Smith, at work in a boreal marsh near his home in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba
Chris Smith, at work in a boreal marsh near his home in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba
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