July 21st, 2010
From Green Right Now Reports
Canada is in the process of mandating protection of 470,000 square miles of boreal forest in one of the largest conservation and climate change initiatives in history.
“It’s our gift to future generations,” said Alan Latourelle, chief executive officer of Parks Canada, the agency managing the nation’s parks. “We’re the last generation that can do that.”
The area affected amounts to about half the size of the Louisiana Purchase or five times the size of the U.S. National Park system. The land would be protected in perpetuity from damming, mining and logging.