Canadian Boreal Forest
Spanning across the entire northern portion of Canada, the 1.3 Billion acres of the Boreal Forest in Canada make up one of the last intact forest ecosystems on Earth. This vast habitat is relied upon by more than one million people and provides crucial habitat for bears, wolves, lynx and caribou.
estimated that 2.5 million acres of the Canadian Boreal Forest are logged each
year, and that 65% of the cut is specifically for paper products
such as books, newsprint, magazines, catalogs, copy paper and tissue
products. Eighty percent of paper produced in the region is destined
for U.S. markets. Read More
Tropical forests support a unique and endangered ecosystem,
which is relied upon by numerous endangered species and an
estimated 30 million people who depend on the forest for their
livelihood. The rainforests of Indonesia are among the most diverse in the world. Despite occupying just over 1% of the Earth's surface, Indonesia provides habitat for 12% of all mammal species, and 17% of all reptile, bird and amphibian species.
Surprisingly, pulp and paper accounts for about 50% of forest exports from Indonesia where about 4.5 million acres are logged each year—a significant portion of which is harvested illegally. Read More
the Southeast U.S., highly diverse forests are being converted
into single-species tree farms at an alarming rate.
Already 15% of southern forests (32 million acres) consist of plantations. As the source of one quarter of all paper, the southeast
U.S. is the largest paper producing region in the world.
paper industry logs an estimated 6 million acres in the region each year, and book
paper is one of the top 10 paper products that are derived from
this region accounting for 6-10% of regional paper
production. Read More
Though South America consumes
relatively little paper (In 2006 all of Latin America accounted
for 6% of consumption) it is increasingly becoming a source of
pulp for the
rest of the world.
It has been estimated that by 2010 14.6 million tons of pulp will be produced annually in the region, and pulp exports from South America will account
for 25% of global pulp exports.
Much of this pulp production is
supported by monoculture
tree farms which replaces diverse
forests, and often requires displacing entire communities. Read