We monitor the state of Canada’s forests to provide quality information on development activity and environmental impacts.
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(2016-09-06) The proposed Castle protected area has been subject to fragmentation due to its long history of human use. However, it has the potential to protect some of the last remaining intact forest landscape fragments in the Southern Alberta foothills. As per GFWC’s results (which are summarized in its first bulletin on the issue), Executive Director Wynet Smith notes: “if we are truly to protect one of the greatest water sources and some of the most diverse habitat in Southern Alberta, the Government needs to actively restore this landscape.”
(2016-09-06) - This is GFWC's first bulletin in a special series on the Castle Wilderness, which is currently proposed for protection. As input to the management planning process for the new protected areas, GFWC has conducted analysis to update disturbance and intactness information for this important ecological region. This first bulletin looks specifically at fragmentation in the area - and provides some analysis of the intact forest landscape fragments (IFLFs) that remain.
(2016-07-05) Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC) is pleased to release its first interactive map: Intact Forest Landscapes of Canada, 2000-2013. This map helps democratize data by enabling viewers to view GFWC's intact forest landscapes as of 2000 and 2013 and the areas of degradation and fragmentation.
(2016-07-05) Global Forest Watch Canada has just released its newest iteration of Canada’s intact forest landscapes layer, noting a significant decrease in their area. Intact forest landscapes are becoming increasingly rare at the global level. They are also growing in importance as reference points for understanding managed forest landscapes and designing management schemes that preserve or restore significant aspects of the natural forest landscape.
(2016-07-05) GFWC has updated its circa 2000 intact forest landscape (IFL) layer and created a 2013 version. GFWC, as per its core principles, is sharing all three datasets: updated circa 2000 IFL layer, 2013 IFL layer, and the IFL change 2000-2013 layer. See the metadata plus the bulletin for further details on the methodology and results.
(2016-07-05) Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) are the last remaining areas of forest and non-forest ecosystems that are at least 500 km2 in size and untouched by roads or other significant human activity. Canada, together with Russia and Brazil, contain 65% of all the world’s IFLs. But these pristine forests are becoming increasingly disturbed, and research shows that even without deforestation this degradation and fragmentation is enough to threaten biodiversity around the world. Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC) has recently updated its IFL data to 2013, using the best available data, including Landsat satellite imagery and Environment Canada disturbance data.
GFWC found that:
Almost 5% (216,199 km2) of Canada’s IFLs were degraded or fragmented by human activity between 2000 and 2013. IFLs covered 4.5 million km2 of Canada in 2000 compared to 4.3 million km2 in 2013.
Four provinces—Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia—accounted for 71% of the 216,199 km2 of human disturbances.
11.7% (just over 500,000 km2) of IFLs were located within forestry tenures as of 2013.
25.5% of Canada’s forestry tenures were covered by IFLs in 2013.
17.5% (750,851 km2) of 2013 IFLs were located within interim and permanent protected areas.
(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.
(2015-12-13) 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.
(2014-01-09) “We produced this mapping and analysis using a range of datasets, including satellite images, to map the extent of Canada’s accessed and fragmented landscapes. The results show an overall steady increase in accessed and fragmented landscapes from the turn of the 21st century, especially in southern and western Canada.”