17 Jun '11, 6pm

A Groundbreaking Agreement Preserves A Vast Region of Canada's Boreal Forest

On Thursday, the Manitoba provincial government and the Poplar River First Nation put the final touches on a tremendous conservation victory: legislation to preserve an area the size of Yellowstone National Park. Not only does this legally binding regulation confirm the Poplar River First Nation’s right to manage its lands, but it protects a piece of one of our planet’s most precious nonrenewable resources: the Boreal Forest . The Boreal encircles the earth right below the treeless tundra of the polar region. Like the Amazon rainforest, the Boreal provides natural services that benefit the entire globe. Its trees and peatlands comprise one of the world's largest carbon sinks. Its wetlands filter millions of gallons of water each day. Its intact forest and millions of lakes act as the nursery for 40 percent of North America’s migratory waterfowl and about 30 percent of the ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/plehner/a_groundbreakin...

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