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Conservation: DU's Boreal Forest Initiative

Conserving one of the earth's most valuable ecosystems and a crucial breeding ground for North America's waterfowl
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  • KEY WATERFOWL HABITAT PROTECTED ON GREAT SLAVE LAKE Dinaga Wek'ehodi (dee-na-ga wek-a-ho-dee) is a newly protected National Wildlife Area in the Northwest Territories, encompassing approximately 150,000 acres in the North Arm of Great Slave Lake. The area is located primarily within the T'licho First Nation settlement region. This pristine area provides staging and breeding habitat for millions of waterfowl and other migratory birds annually and is designated as a Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat Site by Environment Canada. The area's archipelago of islands and shallow bays provides some of the first ice-free habitat available to ducks in this region during the spring migration. Scaup, scoters, mallards, northern pintails, American wigeon, and green-winged teal will benefit most from the protection of this area.
    photo by Jason Charlwood, DUC
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By Fritz Reid, Ph.D.

North America's Boreal Forest is the world's largest remaining intact, productive ecosystem, encompassing more than 1.5 billion acres of pristine forests, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and streams. A keystone habitat for this hemisphere's migratory waterfowl and songbirds, it also supports vast populations of fish and other wildlife. Moreover, this region is the world's most extensive terrestrial carbon sink and reservoir of fresh surface water.

Unlike the world's other great wilderness areas—such as the Amazon rain forest or Siberian taiga—North America's Boreal Forest is governed by two of the world's most stable democracies: the United States and Canada. This makes the Boreal the best place on earth to implement large-scale conservation efforts and sustainable development through the proactive application of sound science and enlightened resource management principles.

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