We monitor the state of Canada’s forests to provide quality information on development activity and environmental impacts.
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(2015/03/16) The Great Bear Rainforest is the name coined by environmental groups in the mid-1990s to refer to this remote region of temperate rain forest on the British Columbia Coast between Vancouver Island and Southeast Alaska. It is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate coastal rainforest left in the world. The Great Bear Rainforest is the subject of our most recent "hotspot" analysis using the new, high-resolution Hansen forest change dataset. See the summary on the international GFW website: http://www.globalforestwatch.org/stories/185
(2015-03-11) The latest in our forest “hotspot” monitoring analyses using the new, high resolution Hansen forest change global dataset. The Northern Appalachian/Acadian region (see map) is a critically important ecological area in North America and recent studies have demonstrated that it is a region with tremendous opportunities for achieving large conservation goals. Follow this link to the summary of our analysis on the international GFW website: http://www.globalforestwatch.org/stories/180
(2015-01-05) Global Forest Watch Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Wynet Smith as our new Executive Director. Peter Lee, the previous Executive Director, will continue to be involved with GFWC on a part-time basis for a time.
GFWC is excited to have Wynet, with her breadth and depth of experience, take over the helm in this new phase of GFWC. She has strong knowledge in our field technically and strategically, and is very well connected across the country as well as with the international community.
(2014-12-11) Woodland caribou are in trouble throughout their range in Canada. “Thanks to new high-resolution global satellite data developed by Dr. Matthew Hansen at the University of Maryland, we can systematically and accurately determine the rate of forest change across all the range of Canada’s woodland caribou and pinpoint exactly where in the boreal forest these animals are most under threat.”
(2014-12-11) Woodland caribou numbers are dropping because of habitat loss and high levels of predation by wolves, the result of vast changes in their herd ranges from a variety of development pressures. Now, thanks to a new study, we can for the first time systematically and accurately determine the rate of landscape change across all the range of woodland caribou and pin point where in the boreal forest these animals are most under threat. Our analysis clearly indicates the threat to boreal caribou is highest in Alberta.
(2014-11-12) “The good news is that the entire area of Y2Y incurred a net forest loss of 2.4% during this period, an amount substantially less than for Canada as a whole,” said Peter Lee, Executive Director of Global Forest Watch Canada. “The bad news is that there are substantial regional differences between the North, Central and South zones of Y2Y, with the Central zone exhibiting significantly more net forest loss during the 2000 to 2012 period.”
(2014-11-12) For the Y2Y region, Global Forest Watch Canada conducted a “first-look” analysis of forest extent and forest change, both loss and gain, for the period 2000-2012. We performed this analysis for three reasons: (1) to demonstrate the utility of powerful, new, freely-available satellite-based technologies; (2) to begin monitoring the key forest ecosystems of the Y2Y region, an area that is the focus of one of the planet's leading conservation initiatives; (3) to contribute to strategic discussions regarding where to focus conservation energies and resources for the forests of the Y2Y region.
(2014-09-08) Canoeing almost 800 km through the heart of Canada’s pristine boreal forest is a jaw-dropping, grueling, exhilarating adventure. For me, now into my 60s, it was “epic” to go for almost four weeks this past summer from Wollaston Lake in northeastern Saskatchewan through a series of lakes and 43 portages into northwestern Manitoba, and back.
(2014-09-03) Global Forest Watch Canada conducted a made-in-Alberta approach to the mapping and analysis of the conservation values of the boreal region of northern Alberta, an area comprising more than 2/3 of Alberta. We examined natural landscape features, wildlife and human disturbances and ranked the condition, diversity, ecological function and special features of the entire study area.