Giant Travelling Map Showcases Canada’s Boreal Forest

May 7, 2014, PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) Secretariat’s giant travelling map of the boreal forest arrived at the Forest Centre today as part of its educational campaign about the economic and environmental importance of the boreal forest.

The unique 8-metre by 11-metre mega map is the centrepiece of the CBFA Secretariat’s year-long On the Move campaign, which uses the map to showcase the unprecedented agreement between the forestry industry and environmental organizations.

“The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is the largest conservation initiative in the world so it is only fitting to have a giant canvas to illustrate it,” said CBFA Executive Director Aran O’Carroll.

The CBFA and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) have partnered to create the giant floor map as part of The Boreal Project: A Uniquely Canadian Enterprise. The map beautifully illustrates in incredibly precise detail the boreal forest, caribou habitat and forestry industries and the communities that rely on them for jobs, and the areas where the CBFA applies.

“The Royal Geographical Society’s mission is to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world. This map of the boreal forest shows the need for all of us to be responsible stewards of our country by illustrating the landscape and its importance to wildlife, forestry, First Nations and other communities,” Gilles Gagnier, Publisher of Canadian Geographic Enterprises.

John Daisley, Planning Coordinator and Environmental Manager at Weyerhaeuser Hudson Bay Timberlands and a member of the CBFA’s Saskatchewan Regional Working Group, said the CBFA is a model that works for everyone involved.

“It builds on a foundation of collaborating with our conservation partners, First Nations and municipalities to protect the environment while at the same time protecting the economic interests of our employees and making sure that we have a long-term sustainable wood supply,” said Daisley.

Gord Vaadeland, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and a member of the CBFA’s Saskatchewan Regional Working Group, said the CBFA’s approach is mutually beneficial.

“When you look at the challenges we have in terms of balancing our environmental needs, in this case specifically related to the protection of the woodland caribou, with the fact that the forestry industry is so important to us, particularly in Northern Saskatchewan, I think the CBFA really is a win-win for Saskatchewan,” said Vaadeland.

The map, which is the centerpiece of a program to educate school children and the public about the importance of the boreal forest, has already visited Ottawa, Edmonton and Peterborough. It was at St. Mary High School and Carlton Comprehensive School here earlier this week.

The CBFA, which was signed in May 2010, includes seven environmental organizations, the Forest Products Association of Canada, its 18 member companies, and Kruger Inc. It directly applies to more than 73 million hectares across the country. It is a globally significant precedent that seeks to conserve significant areas of Canada’s vast boreal forest, protect threatened woodland caribou, and sustain a healthy forest sector by laying a foundation for the future prosperity of the industry and communities that rely on it.

The agreement acknowledges that governments are the final authority and that legal responsibility and authority for the management and conservation of the boreal forest rests with them. The agreement also acknowledges that Aboriginal peoples and their governments have treaty rights and title in, as well as, legitimate interests and aspirations for the boreal forest and that successful implementation of the CBFA requires the effective involvement of Aboriginal peoples and their governments.

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The following are signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement:

Environmental Organizations (ENGOs):

Canadian Boreal Initiative, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), David Suzuki Foundation, ForestEthics, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts International Boreal Conservation Campaign and the Ivey Foundation.

Forestry Companies:

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., AV Group, Canfor Corporation, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership, Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company, Conifex Timber Inc., Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., Fortress Paper Ltd., Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Ltd., LP Canada Ltd., Mercer International, Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Resolute Forest Products, Tembec Inc., Tolko Industries Ltd., West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., and Weyerhaeuser Company Limited — all represented by the Forest Products Association of Canada, which is also a signatory. Kruger Inc. is also a signatory.