TORONTO, March 27 /CNW Telbec/ - On the heels of a dramatic report by
Global Forest Watch Canada, Greenpeace today underlined the urgency of a
moratorium on logging in all remaining intact areas of Ontario's Boreal
Forest. Citing the rapid loss of ancient forests documented in the report,
Greenpeace said the time for government and corporate action is now.
"Our forests are being destroyed with an intensity that is wiping out
species and accelerating climate change," said Christy Ferguson, a Greenpeace
forests campaigner. "This report shows that Ontario's forests simply cannot
withstand the pressure the logging industry is putting on them. If we don't
take immediate measures to save what's left, the opportunity will be lost."
The study, Recent Anthropogenic Changes within the Boreal Forests of
Ontario and Their Potential Impacts on Woodland Caribou, used satellite
imagery to examine human-caused changes in Ontario's northern forests between
1989 and 2006. It details extensive losses, and predicts that the woodland
caribou could be unable to survive in most of Ontario as a result. Clearcut
logging and logging roads were named as causing the most damage.
One area highlighted in the study is the 1.9 million hectare Kenogami
forest area near Thunder Bay, which is a major supply area of pulp for Kleenex
manufacturer Kimberly-Clark. Satellite imagery shows that in just five years,
28.9% of the large intact forest landscapes in the Kenogami were lost; and
that thanks to damage already done, the threatened woodland caribou could be
driven out of over 95% of the area.
"Companies like Kimberly-Clark are treating the Boreal Forest as a source
of cheap materials for disposable products, and ignoring the fact that it's an
ecosystem in crisis," continued Ferguson. "Kimberly-Clark could help save the
Boreal, but instead the company is squandering it one Kleenex at a time."
Kimberly-Clark is the world's largest tissue product manufacturer. It
uses more than 3.1 million metric tonnes of virgin tree pulp a year to make
products like Kleenex brand facial tissues. Greenpeace has been campaigning to
get the company to help save the Boreal Forest by using more recycled and
Forest Stewardship Council certified fiber since 2004. But Kimberly-Clark has
refused to stop using pulp from clearcuts like those in the Kenogami Forest.
For further information:
For further information: Christy Ferguson, Greenpeace forests
campaigner, (416) 451-9354; Kim Fry, Greenpeace forests campaigner, (647)