01/09/2014 08:21 EST | Updated 03/11/2014 05:59 EDT

10 Stories That Will Shape the Future of Canada's Boreal Forest

2013 was a big year for Canada's boreal forest. From new parks and protected areas to game-changing court decisions that saw First Nations receive more control over development projects within their traditional lands, there was no shortage of action throughout this massive forest that stretches all the way from Yukon to Newfoundland.

However, many of these stories remain unresolved. Between finalizing parks currently under temporary protection, large areas likely being opened up for mining, and World Heritage Site bids currently in limbo, 2014 could prove to be an even bigger year for the Canada's boreal forest.

Here are the top 10 stories of 2014 that are most likely to have a huge impact in the boreal forest for years to come. How these stories pan out will shape the future of this forest and determine whether it will remain the healthy, productive forest we have all come to know.

The full text for these stories can be found here.

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