Saving the Earth's Forests, 25 Million Acres at a Time

Publication: Seattle Times

Author: Carey Quan Gelernter

04/21/2008 - Meet Steve Kallick, director of Seattle-based International Boreal Conservation Campaign.

Recent coup: Canada agreed to preserve 25 million acres of boreal forest and wetlands.

"Audacious" goal: 1.5 billion acres of Canadian boreal kept partly wild, partly sustainably developed, despite pressures from uranium, gold and diamond mining and oil and gas booms.

What's boreal? The planet's largest land-based carbon storehouse; Canada's boreal is the world's largest remaining undeveloped forest. Boreal, or great northern forest, circles the northern tier of the globe, from Sweden to North America.

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Q: You've knit together a coalition of some industry and environmental groups, First Nations, birders, scientists. Interesting bedfellows?

A: We're a little post-boomer in our approach. It's not "spotted owl vs. timber." It's "let's work together, how can you benefit from green credentials and credibility?"

Read the complete profile of Steve Kallick Saving the Earth's Forests, 25 Million Acres at a Time on the Seattle Times Web site.

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