Canada & the United States

Vast Forests and Age-Old Conservation Traditions

What's at Stake

With some 1.6 billion acres (650 million hectares) of forests, Canada and the United States are the world's first and second largest producers of forest products. Agricultural conversion, irresponsible timber extraction, and fire are major threats to these important landscapes, which are vital biodiversity corridors. We are working to spread sustainable forestry throughout timber-rich regions of Canada and the United States through certification and forest-carbon project validation and verification. These are powerful tools to defend forests against threats like fires and irresponsible timber extraction.

Snowy forest in Canada

Snowy forest in Canada

Photo credit: Alexandre Boursier

1 Million Aboriginal People in Canada's Boreal Forests

Respect for the nearly one million Aboriginal people who live in Canada's boreal forests is a critical consideration in our sustainability certification work in the region. The Aboriginal people's livelihoods and traditions depend on the health of the forests and their rights to self-determination.

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis)

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis)

Photo credit: iStock

15,000 Animal Species in the Southern Appalachians

The Appalachian forests located in the Southeastern United States provide habitat for 15,000 different wildlife species, including migratory birds, black bears, and the greatest variety of salamander species in the world. The health of these habitats has ripple effects throughout the continent and must be carefully balanced with the livelihoods of landowners and forest communities.
 

Our Work Our Impact

Our Impact

We are working to spread sustainable forestry throughout timber-rich regions of Canada and the United States through certification and forest-carbon project validation and verification. These are powerful tools to defend forests against threats like fires and irresponsible timber extraction.

car equivalent annual emissions of greenhouse gases removed or avoided by projects we verify and validate

1.3 million cars

equivalent annual CO2 emissions avoided/sequestered 

Our verified forest carbon projects in the US and Canada have sequestered or avoided CO2 emissions equivalent the annual emissions of 1.3 million cars.

1.3 Million Cars Worth of CO2 Avoided/Sequestered

By using a variety of climate-smart techniques to create and maintain healthy forest landscapes, our verified forest carbon projects in the United States and Canada have sequestered or avoided CO2 emissions equivalent the annual emissions of 1.3 million cars.

Land area under sustainable management

57.4 million acres

of forestland under sustainable management

More than 57.4 million acres (23.2 million hectares) of forestland in the USA and Canada are under sustainable management.

57.4 Million Acres of Sustainably Managed Forests

Via certification and forest carbon projects, approximately 57.4 million acres (23.2 million hectares) of forestland in the United States and Canada are sustainably managed. The results are healthier forests, intact wildlife corridors, higher water quality, and fewer CO2 emissions.

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Deforestation in El Nido, Palawan - Philippines

Some 45 million acres (18 million hectares) of forests worldwide are lost every year. Deforestation's impacts cause 15 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

American Redstart Warbler (Setophaga ruticilla) in early spring

Migratory birds play a critical role in maintaining our planet's health. But forest fragmentation and habitat loss are resulting in declining populations.

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