Jordan Polite conducted his research paper on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement!

This agreement sets out to balance economic and environmental values to ensure a sustainable future for the Boreal forest in Canada, our natural habitat, while maintaining economic growth.

The agreement brings together all types of stakeholders and aims to help mitigate climate change and conserve species at risk, specifically the Woodland Caribou!

The Boreal forest is a “carbon sink”, which can help store carbon in the atmosphere and mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Boreal forest holds 208 billion tonnes of carbon – which also provides us with oxygen.

However, human activity, such as logging, causes a lot of carbon to be released into the atmosphere and it destroys natural habitat. Because of excessive logging, the Woodland Caribou species is also endangered.

Jordan tells us that the Boreal Forest Agreement must balance both economic and environmental interests.


The agreement aims to balance protecting land spaces, while allowing logging in certain areas. Stakeholders are working toward developing standards and procedures to make logging more sustainable and less harmful to our natural environment, such as selective logging.

The agreement is a private initiative, and the government has not been involved in it – which makes it unique.

The agreement is the largest of its kind in the world that aims to conserve around 70 million hectares of land.

While conducting his paper, Jordan was surprised at the big role that the woodland caribou plays in this agreement. He discovered the challenges of bringing stakeholders together and how to communicate information effectively when many, or all, sides seem to disagree.

Forest managers are facing harsh challenge to conserve biodiversity, while maintaining forest sector competitiveness!

Jordan was intrigued with the research and how these stakeholders come together to reach decisions.

Although challenging, the Boreal Forest Agreement looks to create a bridge between stakeholders to help balance economic and environmental interests.

Jordan tells us:

“I think the biggest way the paper helped my experience at Trent was by enhancing my research skills. It’s the first research paper I’ve done and at the beginning I was unsure of how to begin and actually do the research. It also made me more interested in environmental issues and I will follow up on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement as it progresses which is something I never would have done before.”

Well done Jordan and thanks for telling us about your research paper!