This is the most amazing forest in the world
The boreal forest, also known as taiga in Russian, is the world's largest land-based biome and comprises 29 percent of the world's forest cover. It covers most of Canada, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia and is one of the most fascinating places on Earth.
The Canadian boreal forest takes up about 60 percent of the country. It emerged with the end of the last Ice Age. The biodiversity of the Canadian boreal began to be what it is today about 5,000 years ago.
The boreal in Canada is home to a plethora of animals -- including 85 species of mammals, 130 species of fish, some 32,000 species of insects and 300 species of birds.
Iconic species as such as the grizzly bear, woodland caribou and wolverine all call the boreal forest home. It's also home to the rare Amur Leopard, which is now critically endangered according to the World Wildlife Fund, with only 70 adults alive today.
Experts believe the habitat loss from logging has been a primary cause of the decline of these endangered and threatened species.
Only 12 percent of the boreal forest across the globe is protected, while over 30 percent has been designated for logging and energy development. Despite a lack of protection, Canada has retained 91 percent of the forest cover existing during colonization.
Although the forest covers much of Canada's land mass, only about 13 percent of Canada's total population live in the biome. Nevertheless, roughly 80 percent of Canada's aboriginal population live in the forested areas. Over 1 million aboriginal Canadians live in over 500 First Nations and Métis settlements in boreal areas.
Recently, timber companies and environmental came together to develop the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, a plan to protect 170 million acres of boreal forest in Canada.
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