Channels
× Select City
×
×
×
Great Outdoors, Life, News

The world's largest protected boreal forest has been created in Canada

7739b8b07c01245af9d54cc6ef0d83d3?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Chandler Walter May 16, 2018 12:19 pm 2,711

The world’s largest protected boreal forest is right here in Canada, having been created in northern Alberta thanks to the recent merging of five different wildland provincial parks.

According to a release from the Province of Alberta, the creation and expansion of the Kazan, Richardson, and Birch River wildland provincial parks allowed the Wood Buffalo National Park to be connected to other wildland parks in the area, creating a protected boreal forest spanning more than 6.7 million hectares.

The connection was made possible due to a sacrifice made by the Tallcree First Nations, who relinquished their timber license in Birch River to allow the Birch River Wildland Provincial Park to be created.

“This collaboration between the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the governments of Canada and Alberta, and industry are aligned with the Tallcree Tribal Government’s values regarding the preservation of the boreal forest,” said Tallcree First Nation Chief Rupert Meneen in the release.

“The boreal forest holds greater value to the First Nation for exercising our traditional way of life and the quiet enjoyment of our treaty rights.”

With the signing of a memorandum of understanding in March of this year, the multiple parks were officially joined together, and 1.3 million hectares of newly protected land was created in Alberta.

boreal forest

A map of the newly created parks connecting the largest protected boreal forest together (Province of Alberta)

“Canada’s boreal forest is unique in the world. The ecological value of this region cannot be overstated—this is a conservation achievement of global significance,” said John Lounds, the president and CEO of Nature Conservancy of Canada, in the release.

“Through partnership, we have been able to make a significant step forward in advancing meaningful conservation in Canada.”

The connected forest protected as national or provincial parks now totals 67,000 sq. km, which is twice the size of Vancouver Island, ten times the size of the Greater Toronto Area, and nearly as large as the entirety of New Brunswick.

See also

7739b8b07c01245af9d54cc6ef0d83d3?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Chandler Walter
Staff Writer with Daily Hive, Langara Journalism graduate, subpar photographer, extremely mediocre tweeter. Wishes he knew how to whistle (even just a little bit) or type with all ten fingers. And yes, like from Friends. Email your story to [email protected]

© 2018 Buzz Connected Media Inc.