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Providing jobs versus proper forest management

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Timber companies are a major player in Manitoba's economy. Hundreds of hectares of trees are clearcut in the province's Boreal forests every year. As the forest industry expands in Manitoba, environmentalists say the need for government to balance the economy with sound forest management has never been greater. The province wants to keep Manitobans working, and argues clearcutting helps regenerate the forest. In this CBC Television clip, 24 Hours looks at both sides of the issue.

Medium: Television
Program: 24 Hours
Broadcast Date: Sept. 26, 1996
Guest(s): Dan Bulloch, Vince Keenan, Don Lathlin, Don Sullivan, Richard Westwood, Harvey Williams
Reporter: Coleen Rajotte
Duration: 9:30

Did You know?


• Canada's Boreal forest is the largest forested area in the country, stretching from northern British Columbia to Newfoundland, and extending to Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia. It is the largest wild frontier forest ecosystem in the world, providing natural habitats for an array of wildlife, including threatened species such as woodland caribou.

• Manitoba boasts the largest section of the wild Boreal forest that remains intact. Known as the East Shore Wilderness Area, it covers over 150,000 square kilometres. The eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg and the Ontario border act as its natural boundaries.

• Logging continues in Manitoba's boreal forests. In 2003, Pine Falls Paper Company — owned by Quebec-based multinational corporation Tembec — proposed to extend the Lake Winnipeg East logging road. The extension of this road would allow Tembec to clearcut the forests in the East Shore Wilderness so that it could meet the growing demand for timber for its recently expanded pulp mill operation.

• According to the Boreal Forest Network website, the number of trees logged in Canada during 1994-95 would fill more than 4.3 million logging trucks; lined up bumper to bumper they would extend long enough to encircle the world 2.5 times. It also claims that one acre of forest is currently cut in Canada every 12.9 seconds. The Network describes itself as "an organization of environmentalists, indigenous peoples and scientists concerned with the protection and sustainable use of the boreal forest."


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