Conservation Group Welcomes Reference to Boreal Forest in Throne Speech

    Wildlands League sees hope and encourages immediate action

    TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - A leading conservation group in Ontario is
pleased that the important role the Boreal Forest plays in shielding us from
global warming was referenced in yesterday's Throne Speech. Yesterday, The
Honourable David C. Onley Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, read that the
Ontario government, "will work with northern and native communities in
Ontario's far north to implement a plan that protects the boreal forest - a
key contributor in the fight against climate change."
    "We welcome these comments and look forward to working with the province
of Ontario, First Nations and citizens to protect the carbon stored in the
peatlands and natural wild forests of the Boreal," says Janet Sumner,
Executive Director, CPAWS Wildlands League. "The speech is a good sign and
offers us all hope that the Boreal Forest will no longer be neglected in
Ontario," Ms. Sumner adds.
    CPAWS Wildlands League is concerned that if society were to foolishly
convert carbon-rich forests and peatlands into industrial developments, then
we would be undoing progress made in reducing emissions of CO(2).

    About CPAWS Wildlands League ( Wildlands League
is a conservation group dedicated to the protection of wilderness in Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact: Janet
Sumner, CPAWS Wildlands League, (416) 971-9453, ext. 39

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