Through our office in Thunder Bay, we promote conservation in northern Ontario by supporting grassroots groups to protect the places they love, ensuring habitat protection through forest certification and promoting sustainable development that safeguards ecosystems and long-term prosperity. We work directly with community organizations, Indigenous communities and groups, industry, scientists, and grassroots conservation organizations to support forest conservation. In collaboration with these groups, we work to:
- Ensure wildlife habitat is protected.
- Promote sustainable resource management to benefit local communities.
- Build community support for protected areas and other conservation initiatives.
- Engage and train citizen scientists across northern Ontario.
- Stimulate knowledge sharing through workshops, guided hikes, and local events.
Ontario Nature supports Free Prior and Informed Consent from Indigenous peoples for projects that may affect the lands they own, occupy or otherwise use, as set forth by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Why it Matters
The boreal forest region is one of the world’s largest ecosystems, reaching across Russia and northern North America. On this continent, it stretches from Labrador through Quebec and Ontario and west to Alaska. This represents 5.9 million square kilometres – about 25% of the land area of North America!
Protection and careful management of Ontario’s boreal forest region are important because:
- It is home to millions of migratory songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl, wide-ranging boreal caribou, populations of wolf and moose, and an abundance of fish like lake trout, northern pike and pickerel.
- It provides habitat for more than 20 species at risk.
- It is one of the largest reservoirs of fresh water in the world.
- Resilient northern forest habitats allow species to adapt and potentially migrate in response to climate change.