"Canadian boreal lakes and river delta sediment, peatlands and wetlands are also the largest on-land carbon storehouse in the world, storing more than 400 trillion pounds of carbon, the study said."
"Maintaining its flows, which contribute a majority of the freshwater input into the Arctic Ocean, is critical to forming Arctic ice as they decrease the salinity of the sea water, allowing it to freeze more quickly and easily."
Forestry, oil and gas extraction, mining, and hydropower generation is rapidly increasing and negatively impacting the quality and quantity of boreal water and the surrounding ecosystems, the study warned.
To read a report entitled, "A Forest of Blue: Canada’s Boreal Forest, the World’s Waterkeeper" created by the Pew Institute please click on the following link:
Note:You have to have a program on your computer which can read PDF files in order to read the file.
"The report concludes that governments should protect entire river, lake and wetland ecosystems by keeping intact at least 50 percent of Canada's boreal forest."
I hope the members of the Government of Alberta read this report and are prepared to keep this amount of Alberta's forests intact! "The Boreal Forest Region comprises 48 percent of Alberta!! (source: http://raysweb.net/specialplaces/pages/boreal.html )
To learn more about Alberta's Boreal Forest please visit the following websites by clicking on the links:
To learn more about Canada's Boreal forest please visit the following websites:
In the following video Ducks Unlimited conservation staff discuss the characteristics of the Boreal Forest in Canada:
"In late May 2010, CPAWS (The Canadian Parks and Wildlife Service) and eight other conservation groups came to a historic truce with the Forest Products Association of Canada, representing 21 forestry companies. The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement represents a groundbreaking commitment to protect woodland caribou in over 70 million hectares of Canada's Boreal forest" source: :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUD_xAbNHdw. To learn more about this agreement please watch the following video: