CANADIAN GEOGRAPHIC – Sabrina Doyle – October 21, 2016 The boreal is one of the world’s last great forest regions. Meet the people who call it home, and who are working to find balance between development and conservation.
The boreal forest covers more than half of Canada’s landmass and is a major contributor to the country’s economy. When people think of Canada, the forest and the iconic wildlife it supports are often what come to mind. And yet few people know about the far-reaching and complex issues that threaten this vast wilderness. People of the Boreal is a multimedia project that aims to help change that. Created by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the project profiles, through a series of videos (below), seven people who live and work in the region and thus have the most to gain or lose from how it’s managed. From Stephen Kakfwi, former premier of the Northwest Territory, to Ducks Unlimited biologist Chris Smith, to indigenous negotiator Steven Nitah, these are the people forging the forest’s future.
Here, Jennifer Lamson, director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ International Boreal Conservation Campaign, talks about the project.