|Environmental / Conservation Groups and Organizations
There are far too many information resources on the internet for us to list here. Below are some useful links for learning about ancient forests and forest conservation, along with some information about the organizations. This is by no means
a comprehensive list.
Join the Adventurers on canoe treks across Ontario's ancient forests, on dogsled trips and much more.
Canadian Environmental Law Association
517 College Street, Suite 401
Toronto, Ontario M6G 4A2
Telephone: (416) 960-2284
Fax: (416) 960-9392
"The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is a non-profit public interest organization established in 1970 to use existing laws to protect the environment and to advocate environmental law reforms."
Canadian Nature Federation
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 606
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7
"National non-profit organization representing Canadian naturalists, their provincial federations and local societies"
Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
Suite 380, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
Telephone: 1-800-333-WILD; (416) 979-2720
Fax: (416) 979-3155
Non-profit membership-based conservation organization, founded in 1963. "CPAWS is Canada's grassroots voice for wilderness."
Climate Change Solutions
"The first step is admitting that you have a problem. After decades of denial, most of us now realize we are addicted to fossil fuels that create vast quantities of carbon dioxide, and that this addiction also extends to a wide variety of industrial and agricultural practices that create a whole host of other global warming gases. We are fundamentally changing the planet we live on. We know we have a problem, so what now?"
Explains the choices we can make as a society and individually to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase sustainability.
Ecoforestry Institute Society
PO Box 5070, Station B
Victoria, B.C. V8R 6N3
Tel (250) 477-8479
Fax (250) 721-5579
A good place to start if you want to learn more about ecoforestry.
"Nature knows best how to manage forests. By working with nature, we can be
nurtured perpetually by the forest, but the scale of activity in the forest for human
needs must be balanced by the capacity of the forest to maintain and sustain
"Earthroots is a non-profit, grassroots, environmental organization dedicated to protecting wilderness, wildlife and watersheds through research, education and action. Earthroots has 12,000 supporters in Canada."
Suite #214 - 131 Water Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4M3
Telephone: (604) 685-5618
Fax: (604) 685-7813
"Ecojustice (formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund) goes to court to defend the right of Canadians to a healthy environment. Since 1990, we have created lasting solutions to Canada's environmental problems by winning landmark cases and setting powerful precedents."
Federation Of Ontario Naturalists
355 Lesmill Road
Don Mills, ON
Toll-free at 1-800-440-2366.
Phone (416) 444-8419
Fax (416) 444-9866
"The FON is a membership-based not for profit,
non-government organization dedicated to protecting and
conserving Ontario's natural heritage. Founded in 1931, the
FON represents 15,000 individual members and a network of
eighty-nine local naturalists' clubs."
The Forest Stewardship Council Canadian Web Page
49 Myrtle Ave.
Phone : 416 778 5568
Fax : 416 778 0044
"Still a relatively new initiative, forest certification is a means of linking environmentally and/or socially conscious consumers with like-minded producers, retailers and distributors. Founded in 1993, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an internati
onal, independent, non-governmental organization promoting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forest. FSC accredits certifying organizations, who in turn, certify forestry organizations that
meet FSC developed Principles and Criteria and other specific standards identified at the national and/or regional levels."
1726 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 4A3
Telephone: (604) 253-7701
Fax: (604) 253-0014
National Aboriginal Forestry Association
875 Bank Street
Ottawa, Canada K1S 3W4
"Advancing the concepts of aboriginal control and sustainable development of forest resources to serve the needs of Aboriginal communities"
The Nature Conservancy
Works on active land conservation in the United States
Old Growth Free Markets Intitiaive
Markets Initiative works directly with Canadian companies to develop practical and economic ways to shift their wood and paper use away from ancient and endangered forest products to ecologically sound alternatives. We work through the entire supply chain and stimulate the market demand for alternative products.
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Information about Ontario's natural resources, from parks and protected areas to intensive forest management. A lot of information, but you may have to hunt for what you want, and be aware that forest information may have an industry bias.
Ontario Wildlands League
Suite 380, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
"The Wildlands League, an Ontario chapter of the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society, has been working since 1968 to protect Ontario's wild places. We see the protection of Ontario's wild lands as the key to ensuring an ecologically healthy future for th
is province. At the heart of our vision for a green Ontario is the Endangered Spaces Campaign, a rational, science-grounded action strategy that calls for the establishment of representative protected areas in all of Ontario's
49 ecological regions."
One of the best sites for Temagami and other Ontario canoeing destinations. "A place for North American wilderness canoeists."
The Sierra Club of Canada
412-1 Nicholas St.
Tel: (613) 241-4611
Fax: (613) 241-2292
The Sierra Club was founded by
naturalist and writer John Muir in
1892 to protect the wilderness of
the Sierra Nevada. Over the years,
the activities of the Sierra Club
have expanded to include issues
ranging from climate change and
ozone depletion to toxic chemical
contamination and loss of biological
diversity. The Sierra Club has been
active in Canada since 1969,
working on matters of public policy
and environmental awareness. We
have local chapters and working
groups in every region of the
Tom Volk's Fungi
Every thing you want to know about Fungi, including the Fungus of the month, and university lecture materials posted on the web.
L'Union québécoise pour la conservation de la nature (UQCN)
"One of the main
organizations of Quebec committed to protect the environment and
to promote a sustainable society and use of resources.
Founded in 1981, UQCN comprises now some 5 000 individual members and 112
affiliated groups from every region of Quebec. They are approximately 50 000 and work in fields related to the environment and natural sciences." Website is mostly in French.
The White Pine Society
"In 1837, when cutting began, 3,500,000 acres of Minnesota forest were dominated by white pines; by 1990, only 67,000 acres were. 98% of Minnesota's white pine forest has been l
ost. Only 2% of Minnesota's white pine forest have grown back as white pine after cutting.
Dr. Lynn Rogers has been walking in the forests for over thirty years doing wildlife research. He is best known for his work with black bears in the Ely area. For seventeen years he worked at the Forest Service as a researcher. During that time he publ
ished over 100 articles on black bears and on forest ecology... In 1990, Dr. Rogers realized the future of black bears and other animals were dependent on forest diversity. Dr. Rogers realized the White Pine was being lost in the Minnesota forests. The re
sult of that is Dr. Rogers formed the White Pine Society in 1994."
227 Abbott Street,
Canada V6B 2K7
Toll Free: 1.800.661.WILD
"Western Canada Wilderness Committee
(WCWC) is Canada's largest membership-based
citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization.
We work for the preservation of Canadian and
international wilderness through research and
As the name Implies, especially strong in Western Canada.
World Wildlife Fund Canada
245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 410
In the Toronto area: (416) 489-8800
Fax: (416) 489-3611
"World Wildlife Fund is dedicated to
saving life on Earth, through the
conservation of nature and ecological
processes. Conserving biological
diversity is essential for ensuring a
liveable future for humans and all
WWF Canada pursues this global
mission through four conservation
Endangered Spaces and Wildlife
Toxicology in Canada and an
International program in Latin America."
More Internet Resources
Forest Conservation Portal
A good place to look for answers, this site provides extensive rainforest, forest and biodiversity conservation news & information, mostly through reviewed links, a searchable database, and international action alerts. The mission of Forests.org is to contribute to ending deforestation, preserving old-growth forests, conserving all forests, maintaining climatic systems and commencing the age of ecological restoration. Another entry to the site is via their Forest Conservation Links, a reviewed Forest Conservation search space - browse by category, or search the entire content of the best Internet scientific & advocacy resources
Oikos offers information on energy
efficiency and environmentally responsible building construction. The site includes a database of 1,800 green building materials, a book store
The Green Links site lists Canadian environmental web sites.
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