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(2010-11-26) This study mapped and analyzed Intact Forest Landscapes of Nova Scotia greater than 500 ha and highlighted opportunities that exist for conservation planning. Significant areas of Intact Forest Landscapes in Nova Scotia remain. The areas with the largest loss of Intact Forest Landscape blocks greater than 1,000 ha are Shelburne and Halifax counties. The vast majority of Intact Forest Landscape blocks larger than 500 ha remain on crown land.
(2010-09-13) This dataset was created as part of GFWC’s project “Where Is the Best of What’s Left?” The purpose was to map all of Canada’s remaining intact forest landscape fragments larger than 5,000 hectares for the boreal and taiga ecozones, and larger than 1,000 hectares for the temperate ecozones. This dataset is a revision and update of a previous dataset created for the GFWC report Canada’s
(2010-09-13) This Global Forest Watch Canada study presents the most detailed national assessment ever undertaken, looking at a wider range of human disturbances and identifying intact forest landscapes using medium-resolution satellite imagery as well as some medium-resolution Landsat data and ground and aerial photography verification. An intact forest landscape as a contiguous mosaic of natural ecosystems in a forest ecozone, essentially undisturbed by human influence, including both treed and naturally treeless area.
(2009-04-02) This 2-part atlas was published in the hope that it will assist Albertans in their efforts to sustainably manage their important forest legacy; its production was triggered by the Alberta Government's release of Alberta's Land-use Framework in December 2008. The atlas reveals a dramatic reduction in large blocks of Alberta's natural boreal forest landscapes due to the expansion of industrial activities in recent decades. Part I of the atlas provides context and maps of Alberta's intact forest landscapes; Part II focuses on the threats to these forests.
(2006-03-22) A report, maps, and photos regarding the most comprehensive survey to date of Canada's remaining wild forest fragments. Canada's Forest Landscape Fragments: A First Approximation reveals that Canada's southern biodiversity-rich boreal and temperate forests—those forest areas primarily under concessions to forest and oil and gas companies—have been largely fragmented by industrial development.
(2003-09-15) Global Forest Watch Canada's first major intact landscapes publication. The project used satellite imagery to identify Canada's remaining large intact forest landscapes. (Note: The dataset that previously accompanied this report is no longer available as it has been replaced by a newer iteration of GFWC's intact forests data layer.)