Global Forest Watch Canada has released the first complete survey on the impact “human disturbances” have on Quebec’s boreal forests and the results are not good. Politicians, who traditionally can’t see the forests, must wake up soon because our trees are disappearing at an alarming rate.
It is one of the largest projects ever conducted to describe the rate of forest disturbances caused by humans in the 1990s at an area of almost a million square kilometers or about 60 per cent of Quebec.
Using extensive satellite imagery, the study, “Recent Anthropogenic Changes within the Northern Boreal, Southern Taiga and Hudson Plains Ecozones of Quebec,” shows massive devastation of boreal forests in central and northern Quebec largely due to logging and hydroelectric development. The report shows more than two million hectares have been severely impacted.