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Journey of a Lifetime: Homeward Bound to Antarctica 2016

(2016-12-01) Nearly two years ago, on a cold and snowy January morning, I stood on the balcony of my condo in downtown Ottawa, Canada, making a two-minute video. Why? I was making an impassioned “balcony pitch” setting out the reasons I wanted to be a participant in the inaugural round of Homeward Bound, a 10-year groundbreaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica.

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Five percent of Canada's Intact Forest Landscapes Degraded/Fragmented Over 13 years

(2016-08-16) GFWC's new IFL layer showed a 5 percent (216,199 km2) decrease in Canada's pristine forests due to degradation and fragmentation between 2000 and 2013. GFWC’s analysis also shows 92 percent of the reduction in Canadian IFLs occurred in areas that are home to one endangered species, while 14 percent of reduction occurred in habitats of at least six endangered species. See a summary and maps of these and other key results on the Global Forest Watch Blog.

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A Fresh Look at Canada's Virgin Forests

(2016-08-16) Visit the Global Forest Watch Blog for a good summary of GFWC's newest (updated to 2013) intact forest landscape (IFL) layer, including how it compares to the global IFL layer. 

 

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Gorillas in the Rainforests of Central Africa

(2016-05-31) At GFWC, we focus on Canadian forests. But before being E.D. of GFWC, I spent many years working in tropical rainforests as well. During 2004, I had the privilege to see western lowland gorillas in their natural habitat. The sad death of Harambe, the western lowland gorilla, took me back to the year of my PhD research in Cameroon (2003-2004), where I looked at logging activities in the lowland rainforests of Central Africa,specifically in Cameroon. While there, I took four days and went "on holiday" to the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in the Central African Republic, where I tracked gorillas, watched forest elephants, and went on a hunt with the baka. A truly privileged time in my life.  See the short recollection and video on the international Global Forest Watch Stories site and the longer video that is included here. -Wynet

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Exciting Plans for GFWC in 2016

(2016-02-26) 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.  

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Oil and gas fragmentation in Northwest Saskatchewan (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

(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.  

 

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Recent burned area in the Boreal Forest of Saskatchewan (VIDEO & PHOTO)

(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. 
 
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Intact Forest Landscapes in Newfoundland

(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.

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Navigation Protection Act Map

(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.[1]

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Wynet's Route

(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.

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