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Greenpeace urging logging ban

Greenpeace Canada is urging logging companies to halt operations in five Boreal forest areas.


January 16, 2013
By The Globe and Mail

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“The endangered forest areas are Quebec’s Broadback Valley and Montagnes Blanches forests, the Kenogami-Ogoki and the Trout Lake-Caribou forests in Ontario, and the Boreal Gem in central Manitoba,” Greenpeace said in a statement Wednesday.

Greenpeace launched its campaign nearly six weeks after it withdrew from a conservation pact called the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA).

Twenty-one forestry firms and nine environmental groups signed the agreement in May, 2010. But Greenpeace alleges that Resolute Forest Products Inc. committed logging violations in building a 20-kilometre-long road in an off-limits area in the Montagnes Blanches of Northern Quebec.

Greenpeace said its investigators found evidence of the freshly built road and bulldozed trees in the area that includes woodland caribou and old-growth trees.

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In the ceasefire signed in 2010, environmentalists agreed to suspend their “do not buy” campaigns against offenders in the forestry sector as long as companies honoured their commitments to stop logging in ecologically sensitive areas of Canada’s boreal forest.

Resolute strongly denies any wrongdoing, said Seth Kursman, the pulp and paper maker’s vice-president of communications, sustainability and government affairs.

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