The World’s Largest Intact Forest (VIDEO)


Note: This is a guest post from Steve Kallick, Director of the Pew Environment Group’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign.

In just three minutes, you can take a non-stop, coast-to-coast Google Earth narrated tour of Earth’s “green halo:” the boreal forestThe Pew Environment Group takes you over the vast northern forests and waterways and unveils an ecosystem that stores twice as much carbon per acre as tropical rainforests, holds more freshwater than any other continental-scale ecosystem and teems with wildlife. Watch the tour below or download the KML file to view in Google Earth.

The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a nongovernmental organization that works globally to protect our oceans, preserve wildlands and promote clean energy. Pew and its sister organization, the Canadian Boreal Initiative, developed this tour to illustrate the nature of the blue forest and its ability to store massive amounts of carbon, primarily in its soil and wetlands.

Viewers will see bears, wolves and caribou that still roam this vast landscape, learn about aboriginal communities that depend on the boreal, view the Peace-Athabasca Delta, one of the most important wetlands in the world, and the last refuges for North American Atlantic salmon.

Unfortunately, Canada’s boreal forest is increasingly affected by large-scale industrial activities. A rapidly expanding footprint of development already includes 180 million acres (728,000 km˛) affected by forestry, road building, mining, oil and gas extraction and hydropower.

Pew and CBI have worked with aboriginal communities, conservation groups, federal, provincial and territorial governments to protect the boreal, resulting in 185 million acres set aside from development to date, including key wetland and river areas. That total represents more than 12% of Canada’s 1.2 billion-acre (nearly 4.9 million km˛) boreal forest.

Visit us online to learn more about this new tour and the steps we can take together to protect this global treasure.


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Photo Credit: David Nunuk

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Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago


Manuela B.
Manuela B.3 years ago

:) this was good to see. it gives one hope that there is still hope for the world..

Sylvie Bermannova

Wonderful indeed!!! I cannot help wondering how long this will last if so little of it is now protected. Its vastness should not mislead us into believing that it is indestructible...It is crucial to fully recognize its preciousness now in order to preserve as much of the forest as possible in its intact, pristine state for future generations!

Serena Alonzi
4 years ago


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.4 years ago

Thanks so much..

Ana R4 years ago

Thanks for reminding:)

Drew Black
Drew B.4 years ago

Distant relatives within that forest. Thanks for reminding

Budi Hugani
Budi Hugani4 years ago

i love forest, tank you.

Cynthia Blais
cynthia B.4 years ago

Incredible thanks

No Body
Chi Warrior4 years ago

awesome story