Global Forest Watch: Dynamic New Platform to Protect Forests Worldwide

(2014-02-20) The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google, and a group of more than 40 partners, including Global Forest Watch Canada, launched Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests.

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Investigation into CNRL's uncontrolled releases of crude bitumen in the Primrose area of Alberta reveals failures to protect the public interest

(2014-02-06) Peter Lee, executive director of Global Forest Watch Canada and co-investigator, notes that the evidence gathered documents inadequate provision of timely information to the public, both on the part of the Alberta Energy Regulator and CNRL. He adds, “Both the Alberta Energy Regulator and CNRL have been slow to provide information and the information provided has been sparse and frequently inaccurate.”

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CNRL's Persistent 2013-2014 Bitumen Releases near Cold Lake, Alberta: Facts, Unanswered Questions, and Implications

(2014-02-06) Dr. Kevin Timoney (Treeline Ecological Research) and Peter Lee (Global Forest Watch Canada) provide an independent investigation of ongoing bitumen releases at Canadian Natural Resources Limited Primrose operations near Cold Lake, Alberta. They find that there are significant problems related to Canadian Natural Resources Limited and the Alberta Energy Regulator failing to inform the public and failing to adequately address operational problems.

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Canada’s southern and western landscapes heavily fragmented

(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.”

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Human Access of Canada’s Landscapes

 (2014-01-09)  Industrial and other human activity is fracturing Canada’s southern and western landscapes, according to this new bulletin (and accompanying dataset) by Global Forest Watch Canada. Summary information is provided for the amount of human access in each of Canada’s 13 jurisdictions and 15 ecozones.

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Canada Access 2010

(2014-01-09) Access is human-caused alteration of habitat and landscapes resulting in spatial separation of habitat and landscape units from a previous state of greater continuity. Major human access results in habitat fragmentation which is often a cause of species becoming threatened or endangered. This dataset provides an overall picture of the extent of human access in Canada.

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Report voices community concerns over development in Peace Region

(2013-12-09) “Oil and gas development, logging, mines, large dams and other industrial infrastructure are having an alarming impact on natural areas and wildlife habitat in the booming Peace Region of northeastern British Columbia.”

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Passages from the Peace: Community Reflections on BC's Changing Peace Region

(2013-12-09) Industrial activity is fracturing Northeastern B.C. on a scale unparalleled in Canada, according to this report by Global Forest Watch Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation. The report gives voice to concerns raised by First Nations and farming communities about the alarming pace of industrial development in the Peace Region.

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Canada’s intact forests suffer dramatic declines in Canada’s woodland caribou ranges and especially in Alberta

(2013-12-05) “We updated the data from satellite imagery to map what remains of Canada’s intact forest landscapes. Although there were some methodology changes from our previous version dated approximately 2001, the results show an overall steady decline in Canada’s intact forest landscapes, with some areas dramatically declining.” 
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Canada's Intact Forest Landscapes: Partial Update to 2010 and Three Overviews

(2013-12-05) This bulletin accompanies a revision to Global Forest Watch Canada's Intact Forest Landscapes dataset in which we updated the extent of IFLs in Alberta forest ecozones and Canada's woodland caribou boreal population herd ranges to circa 2010.

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