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With more than 60% forest coverage, Ontario's forests account for about 17% of Canada's forest coverage. This amounts to about 71 million hectares, an area the size of Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands combined.
Ontario's forests are divided into 4 regional sections: the Hudson Bay Lowlands of the far north,
the Boreal Forest of northern Ontario, the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Forest of southern and central Ontario, and
the deciduous forest in Southern Ontario bordering the United States.
All of these regions hold their own unique biodiversity, but some of the wildlife that can be found in Ontario forests includes polar bears, woodland caribou, barred owl, black bear, and even flying squirrels!
Conserving and restoring forests will directly benefit the wide range of biodiversity who call Ontario's wooded areas home. From polar bears to blue jays, to trillium flowers, Ontario's forests are filled with remarkable plants and animals.
Improving the hydrological function of Ontario's forests ensures that critical watersheds are protected. Healthy watersheds means streams and rivers can better support wildlife, farmers, and communities across the province.
Forests store a lot of carbon. And in Ontario, where there is a large timber industry, a lot of that carbon is being released. By planting trees and rebuilding forests we can store more carbon and reduce the net carbon being emitted.