We monitor the state of Canada’s forests to provide quality information on development activity and environmental impacts.
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My first year as Executive Director of Global Forest Watch Canada (GWFC) was a very busy and exhilarating year (it was so busy that I am only writing this in month 14). Taking over an organisation requires lots of learning, as I discovered throughout the course of 2015, and it can be exhausting too. After taking time to get to know the organization, its strengths and limitations, I have begun to make many changes, including moving our office to Ottawa. There are many more changes ahead in 2016 as we must move with the times and the advent of new technologies and big data.
(2016-01-21) In October 2015, GFWC staff did some field work in northeastern AB and northwest SK to verify our mapping work. The aerial video and photos posted here show oil and gas fragmentation in former intact forest landscapes.
(2015-12-15) During the summer of 2015, there were 716 forest fires in Saskatchewan, compared to a 10 year average of 363 (according to the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System). These fires burned 1.755 million hectares, compared to a 10 year average of 471,000 hectares.
(2015-12-13) During July and August 2015, Global Forest Watch Canada’s Executive Director, Wynet Smith, travelled around the island of Newfoundland, taking in the amazing land and meeting friendly people, while undertaking some site visits to areas Global Forest Watch Canada had mapped. We already submitted one story on the international GFW site on intact forest landscapes in south central Newfoundland. This story provides an overview of the entire island.
(2015-12-01) As part of its 15th anniversary, Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC) is in the process of preparing updated maps on development in Canada’s forests and forested watersheds. Given on-going concerns about changes to environmental legislation in Canada over the past few years, we decided to make a map that identifies the specific water bodies (oceans, lakes and bays, and rivers) listed in the “Schedule of Navigable Waters” under the Navigation Protection Act.
(20-10-2015) Homeward Bound is a state-of-the-art leadership and strategic program for women in science from around the globe, a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Antarctica, and a new future for our planet. It is the start of a 10-year outreach initiative to build a 1,000-strong global collaboration of women in science, who have had the same experience at sea together, focusing on the leadership and planning required to contribute to the recognition of our planet as home.
Global Forest Watch Canada’s (GFWC’s) Executive Director, Wynet Smith, is one of 78 remarkable female leaders in science from around the world who will together work on a range of projects throughout 2016, culminating in the 20 day trip to Antarctica to cement the ideas into real time actionable plans. Twelve people in all will deliver program content to change the lives of the women on board the expedition.
(2015-09-01) Global Forest Watch Canada is very pleased to make available, for public review, our most recent Intact Forest Landscapes reports titled "Canada’s Large IFLs Updated to 2013," and “A Canadian Version of Intact Forest Landscapes.” GFWC has prepared these two bulletins based on our update to the Intact Forest Landscape (IFL) layer.
(2015-07-13) GFWC's Executive Director, Wynet Smith, is leaving July 14 for a 5 week, 6,000+ km road trip to visit field sites from our latest mapping work. She will be exploring beautiful forest landscapes, especially examples of intact forest landscapes over 50,000 hectares, and verifying sites of mapped disturbance from our analysis of satellite imagery. Stay tuned over the next five weeks for regular updates.