As oil prices continue to drop towards an uncertain bottom,
tensions between environmentalists and industry are mounting around
another natural resource: Canada's forests.
A long brewing
dispute over the largest undisturbed boreal forest on Earth, nearly
2-million square miles of pines and firs stretched across northern
Canada, began to heat up this week when 13 American environmental
advocacy groups wrote the governments of Ontario and Quebec urging them
to support new conservation efforts.
The letter comes in response
to earlier lobbying by the Québec Forest Industry Council, which
represents nearly half of Canada's $20-billion timber industry, warning
the government against new measures proposed by a watchdog, the Forest
Stewardship Council. The new measures would threaten thousands of jobs
and the communities that rely on them, the industry group warned in an
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