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Call is for at least half of boreal forests, covering over more than one billion acres from Alaska to Labrador, to be set aside from industrial development
March 16, 2015 | Vancouver Sun | Published News | Joanne Lee-Young

Nearly 20 per cent of adults who responded to a Canadian Nature Survey in 2012 cited birding as a hobby. Conservation groups are calling for the protection of at least half of the boreal forest in North America, which are home to an estimated 3 billion birds.

VANCOUVER -- Leading conservation groups, including Ducks Unlimited and the National Audubon Society, are pressing for a plan to protect North American boreal forests that are home to an estimated 3 billion birds and more than 300 species.

“Protecting at least 50 per cent of the boreal forest is in line with what modern conservation science contends is needed to preserve the ecological health of the forest and its biodiversity,” says Dr. Jeff Wells, senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative....

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