Boreal Forest

The Boreal Forest accounts for one quarter of the intact, original forests remaining on Earth.

Canada’s boreal forest is a place of superlatives—largest intact forest left on Earth, largest terrestrial carbon store, life-giving to all manner of creatures. Unlike most of the world, it still pulses with ecological rhythms that have occurred since glaciers covered the poles more than 10,000 years ago. It still has wild rivers and the continental-scale migration of large animals and fish that have defined this landscape for ages. It is the spring nursery for more than 3 billion migrating birds. And it provides homes and livelihoods for millions of people, including hundreds of Indigenous communities. Spanning 1.3 billion acres, the boreal forest is the Earth's largest terrestrial carbon sink, storing 208 billion tons of carbon, or 11% of the world’s total.

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