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 user 2007-08-21 at 10:53:00 am Views: 43
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    Companies Revealed to be Purchasing Forest Destruction
    Three Logging Firms Responsible for Majority of Destruction of Boreal Forest
    2007 Washington, United States — The latest Greenpeace investigative
    report reveals many high profile companies are fueling the destruction
    of Canada’s Boreal Forest to create everyday consumer products. Best
    Buy, Grand & Toy, Toys “R” Us, Time Inc., Sears, Coles/Indigo,
    Penguin Books US and Harlequin are all customers of logging and pulp
    companies Abitibi-Consolidated, Bowater, Kruger and SFK Pulp, whose
    destructive logging practices are responsible for decimating nearly
    200,000 square kilometers of the North American Boreal Forest, roughly
    the size of Nebraska.“Today, we are naming names,” said Rolf Skar,
    forest campaigner with Greenpeace. “The logging companies and customers
    featured in this report are driving the destruction of Canada’s Boreal
    Forest, our best line of defense against global warming and one of our
    last remaining ancient forests.”

    The Greenpeace investigative
    report, “Consuming Canada’s Boreal Forest: The chain of destruction
    from logging companies to consumers,” calls for consumers to protect
    one of the largest ancient forests left on Earth. It also condemns the
    governments of Canadian provinces Ontario and Quebec, where less than
    nine and five percent of the forest respectively is protected from
    industrial development.“We expect customers of these logging companies
    to temporarily suspend their multi-million dollar contracts until the
    ancient forests can be protected and destructive logging in the Boreal
    ends,” added Skar. “We are looking to the marketplace to transform this

    In addition to environmental destruction—including
    forest fragmentation, climate impacts and loss of wildlife habitat and
    ecosystem biodiversity—the report also highlights
    Abitibi-Consolidated’s refusal to end operations in the traditional
    territory of Grassy Narrows First Nation, despite a longstanding
    blockade against logging in the native community there.Canada’s Boreal
    Forest stretches across northern Canada, from Newfoundland to the
    Yukon. It represents a quarter of the world’s remaining intact ancient
    forests and stores 47.5 billion tons of carbon in its soils and trees.
    Less than 14 percent of the Boreal forest in Quebec and 18 percent in
    Ontario remains intact. More than 68 per cent of the area managed by
    the three logging companies named in the report has already been
    degraded or destroyed.