Province Urged to Protect Carbon Stores in Intact Forests

    Greenhouse gas targets are only part of the solution

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - A leading conservation group urges the province
to protect carbon stores and biodiversity in addition to setting targets for
reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "The public does not realize that there is
so much carbon stored in our natural wild forests," says Janet Sumner,
Executive Director, CPAWS Wildlands League. "If we were to foolishly convert
these carbon rich forests and peatlands into industrial developments, then we
would undo our emission reductions," Ms. Sumner adds.
    Yesterday, the province announced its intentions to achieve aggressive
emissions reductions. In response, CPAWS Wildlands League urges the province
to address two outstanding areas that are part of an effective approach to
reducing the dangerous effects of climate change:

    -   Securing our current carbon stores. The province must safeguard the
        current carbon stores residing in terrestrial ecosystems such as the
        Boreal Forest. Carbon rich forests and peatlands are also home to
        Woodland Caribou and Polar Bear. So protecting these forests would
        also have additional biodiversity benefits; and,

    -   Protecting intact ecosystems so they may help shield us from global
        warming. Not only do natural wild forests store more carbon than
        managed ones, but they also represent the timeliest and most cost
        effective approach to keeping carbon stored.

    "This government has finally announced aggressive greenhouse gas emission
targets," adds Ms. Sumner, "we expect their next logical move will be to
secure the carbon stores."

    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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