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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Boreal Forest Concerns Cause Environmentalists to Pressure Quebec

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On Dort Comme Une Buche/Sleeping Like A Log is a Quebec environmental-lobby group with an aim to protect more of Canada's forests, particularly Quebec's. As it happens, less than 4% of Quebec's forests are currently protected, and less than 9% of Canada's forests are protected.

By comparison, more than a third of Costa Rica's forest is protected, and over 18% of Australia's forest is under protection. A commission recently found that 12% of the boreal forest, at the very least, had to be protected before 2010.

Sleeping Like A Log is collecting signatures to its petition asking Quebec's government to protect more of the boreal forest. It also asks that two areas already pointed out to the government and currently under "development pressures" be prioritized. The petition currently has almost 200,000 signatures.

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