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Canopy also pulls out of boreal agreement

An environmental group has withdrawn from a conservation pact with Canada’s forestry industry, saying little has been accomplished after nearly three years of talks aimed at protecting trees and caribou in the boreal forest.


According to a report in the Globe and Mail, Vancouver-based Canopy, a not-for-profit organization that supports environmentally friendly paper, said that it had high hopes when it helped to forge the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Canopy’s decision to withdraw comes four months after Greenpeace Canada pulled out of the conservation pact, which is meant to serve as the framework for companies and environmentalists to spell out specific areas off limits to logging.

Prior to pulling out of the agrement, Greenpeace wrongly accused Resolute Forest Products of breaking the terms of the agreement. It retracted those accusations months later, but remains outside the agreement. Ironically, Resolute is one of the largest industrial supporters of FSC certification, with the overwhelming majority of its land base thus certified. FSC is the preferred third-party certifier of Greenpeace.