Icy water swells up around Chris Smith’s boots with each step as he walks across the thawing muskeg. It’s a bit like walking on a saturated sponge – one that covers huge swathes of Canada’s vast boreal forest.
It’s May 2010 and Smith, Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) head of boreal conservation programs, is looking at the bog lining Highway 10, on the “Northern Woods and Water Route” in northern Manitoba. It’s easy to see how it got its name.
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