Canadians call out for forest protection but disagree about causes of wildfires

By Bob Weber
Canadian Press in Red Deer News Now
August 24, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

As Canada struggles through its worst fire season in recorded history, a new survey suggests protecting forests remains one issue that unites most Canadians no matter who they are or where they live. However, other parts of the survey done for Nature Canada and the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests the climate change debate is spilling over into the woods — especially in a season of unprecedented wildfires. …The two environmental groups commissioned Ekos Research to conduct the survey of more than 1,000 Canadians. It found 81 per cent of respondents agreed the federal government should be doing more to protect Canada’s forests and wildlife.  Support also held up despite political belief. The poll suggests 80 per cent of Canadians want more protection even if it puts limits on the forestry industry. …Overall, almost a third of Canadians attributed the increased burning to arson.

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