boreal-forest-bc-gov.jpgMost of Canada’s largest forestry companies announced a groundbreaking deal with environmental groups Tuesday that will restrict logging in vast northern forests.

The agreement covers 690,000 square km – an area nearly twice the size of Germany— and ends years of battles over logging in Canada’s massive boreal forest, which environmentalists say plays a major role in fighting global warming by absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide.

The forestry companies will stop all logging immediately on 75 million acres to protect woodland caribou herds under pressure from development.

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