Great Lakes

Northern Forests

The Great Lakes contain one of the largest remaining swaths of unbroken hardwood forest in the United States. These forests filter and absorb pollutants before they enter the Great Lakes, provide raw materials such as paper and wood and support year-round recreation and tourism.

But, our Great Lakes forests have changed since America’s early days. As a result of historical and modern large-scale timbering, our once-massive forests have been reduced to a fraction of their original abundance. This episode will explore the challenges facing one of Earth’s most precious resources and what can be done to keep our forests growing into the 21st Century and beyond.

Here's a look at where The Nature Conservancy is working across the Great Lakes region to protect our forests.


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