Giant Travelling Map Showcases Canada’s Boreal Forest

By March 3, 2014On the Move, Press Release

March 3, 2014, PETERBOROUGH – A giant, travelling map of Canada’s vast boreal forest has arrived at Trent University in advance of tonight’s town hall event entitled, At Woods’ Edge: Conversations on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.

The unique 8-metre by 11-metre mega map is the centerpiece of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (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 map is an incredible educational tool that highlights the importance of the boreal forest to Canada and the world. As well, the sheer size of the map never fails to impress,” said Gilles Gagnier, publisher of Canadian Geographic Enterprises.

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 and Edmonton. It is open to the public today for viewing today at Trent University’s Champlain College Great Hall

The CBFA is the world’s largest conservation initiative. Signed May 2010, this unprecedented Agreement ushered in a new era in conservation and resource management.

Signatories to the CBFA include the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and its 19 member companies, and seven leading Canadian environmental organizations.

This unprecedented global initiative directly applies to more than 73 million hectares across the country and seeks to conserve significant areas of Canada’s vast boreal forest, protect threatened woodland caribou, and sustain a healthy forestry industry for the communities who 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.