The next step in securing a long-term solution for the Broadback

A remarkable opportunity to secure a future for Woodland Caribou and for Quebec’s last vast Boreal wilderness area is coming to the fore in ‘la Belle Province’. Because most forests in Quebec are publicly owned, the provincial government is the final decision maker, responsible for legislating protected areas and long-term solutions. Conservation of the Broadback Forest has garnered an unprecedented level of social and economic support. First Nations, whose traditional territory is at stake, are strongly advocating for a comprehensive protected area. Solid science supports this action. A wide range of stakeholders are backing protection of the Broadback. This coalescing of diverse interests presents a rare opportunity the Quebec government must seize.

We urge the government to act to protect 13 000km2 of magnificent Broadback Forest. (That is 10 000km2 on top of the 3000km2 already protected through the Assinica Cree Heritage Park) All the conditions for success are aligned; the only piece not yet in place is political action.

If you are a major lumber or paper purchaser, contact Canopy to learn how you can help secure a future for the Broadback Forest.

Canopy encourages everyone – concerned citizens, companies and all supporters of a future for forests, species survival and our global climate – to sign the (Broadback Pledge – link).

Ground fog over the river Athabasca and boreal forest in early morning, north of Fort McMurray, northern Alberta, Canada.
Photo by Jiri Rezac