25 Mar Supporting Re-Afforestation with Community Forests International

To offset the carbon impact we have through daily business operations and to encourage re-afforestation in 2017 we supported Community Forests International, based out of Sackville, New Brunswick with 1% of our revenue going to further their mission “to fight climate change by empowering rural communities to thrive with nature”.  In this post, we’d like to share with you a bit of what they do, and give you a sense of why we support them!

 

CFI Background

 

Beginning with projects in Pemba Island, Tanzania, the organization was founded in 2008 to address the environmental and economic needs of rural communities around the world.

 

Agroforestry officer Ali Hamad and a young volunteer help transport some seedlings from the community nursery. Pemba Island, Tanzania

 

Forests Intl. has worked alongside dozens of communities in Canada and Tanzania to reforest degraded landscapes; promote and build sustainable farming and forestry enterprises; develop renewable energy systems; construct large-scale rainwater harvesting infrastructure; research and implement green building methods; and set in motion much needed carbon storage techniques through improved forestry practices.

 

In the last ten years, Forests Intl. has planted over two million trees in Tanzania and over 300,000 trees in Canada and protected 1200+ acres of Acadian forest from destructive clear cutting practices.

 

Adopt a Clearcut Program

 

Clearcutting land degrades the value of our ecosystems and contributes to climate change through release of carbon in the soil and increased air temperatures. Forests are being clearcut at an alarming rate in Canada and around the world, leaving ecologically and economically unproductive land that takes a long time to return to a natural forest state. As the World Wildlife Foundations says: “We’re losing 18.7 million acres of forests annually, equivalent to 27 soccer fields every minute”.

 

Forests Intl. decided to take action and begin the Adopt-a-Clearcut program which works with public institutions, the private sector and individuals to protect degraded forestland by restoring it with a healthy mix of up to 11 native tree species, including red spruce, eastern white cedar, yellow birch, red oak, sugar maple, white pine, and others. They work along the entire lifecycle of the forest, from seedling to old growth to ensure we will always have healthy forests and healthy people, now and for generations to come.

 

Walking a freshly cut logging road that would later become a 5.6 square kilometer clearcut, near Sussex NB.

 

“We need forests more than ever. That involves protecting land, restoring our past mistakes and managing forests to fight climate change moving forward “.  Zach Melanson, Co founder, Forests Intl.

 

Aerial photo of tree piled from recently clearcut land, near Sussex NB

 

Last April, Forests Intl. purchased 70 acres of clearcut forestland in an important wildlife corridor that connects Nova Scotia to the rest of the continent, which brings the total area of land protected through their Adopt-a-Clearcut program to over 500 acres. Daimen Hardie, another co-founder of Forests Intl, said: “The site is in poor condition now, but we’ll start replanting it with native trees this spring to kickstart the healing process. We’ve witnessed firsthand how quickly forests can regenerate when you start working with nature and this has changed how we think about conservation.”

 

Aerial photo of clearcut land, near Sussex NB

 

To learn more about Community Forests International please visit www.forestsinternational.org

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