Canada’s forests are a vast resource – covering an area greater than Western Europe – and Canada is the world’s largest exporter of wood products. But there is concern at home and abroad that this resource is being managed sustainably. Earlier this year, Greenpeace activists staged a demonstration in London’s Trafalgar Square to protest about the ‘destruction’ of what they call Canada’s ‘Great bear Rainforest’ in British Columbia – a rare stretch of temperate rainforest with trees more than a thousand years old. In recent years, new forest laws have been passed, and logging companies claim they now harvest timber in an environmentally sensitive way. But scientists speculate that thousands of species which could be lost through logging, before they have even been discovered. Earth Report travels from Quebec and Ontario in the east to British Columbia on the Pacific coast, to investigate this controversial issue.
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