Nature Needs Half campaign calls for 50% protection of North American boreal forests

Industrial encroachment in North America's 1.5 billion-acre boreal forest could endanger billions of birds and other species. A new report calls for saving half of boreal forest acreage to protect the habitat for more than 300 migratory bird species. The northern landscape is beset with oil, gas, mining and other industrial hazards destined for a vast, pristine woodland.
Stretching from Alaska to Newfoundland, the boreal forest -- the circumpolar woods that circle the upper Northern Hemisphere -- provides habitat for up to 3 billion nesting and migratory birds, according to the report, "Boreal Birds Need Half: Maintaining North America's Bird Nursery and Why it Matters," released this week by the Boreal Songbird Initiative, Ducks Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

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