Offset in New Brunswick, Canada

New Brunswick is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. Most of New Brunswick is forested with secondary forest or tertiary forest. At the start of European settlement, the Maritimes were covered from coast to coast by a forest of mature trees. Evidence of climate change in New Brunswick can be seen in its more intense precipitation events, more frequent winter thaws and less snowpack.

Overview

The Whaelghinbran forest falls within the UNESCO designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve and is situated within a critical wildlife corridor connecting Fundy National Park with New Brunswick's interior. The surrounding Acadian Forest is one of the most ecologically diverse forest types in Canada, as well as one of the most endangered. With a moist climate and a historically very low risk of fire, it is ideal for storing carbon and a prime region for focusing climate change resilience efforts. The Acadian Forest is recognised by the World Wildlife Fund as “critically endangered,” the highest risk category for extinction.

Impact

The primary goal in reforesting this site is to increase species diversity and promote climate change resilience within a restoration management model. Future conditions will see the return of a healthy Acadian Forest ecosystem. The secondary objective is to have a restoration site at Whaelghinbran Forest. This will be used for demonstration and educational purposes in CFI outreach activities. The forest is frequented by groups from the forestry programs at the University of New Brunswick, the Maritime College of Forest Technology, as well as area schools and forestry professional associations.

Species

Native seedlings will be planted on this previously forested site is to increase species diversity and promote climate change resilience within a restoration management model. Future conditions will see the return of a healthy Acadian Forest ecosystem.

Partner

OneTreePlanted is a non-profit organisation based in Vermont with a mission to make it simple for you to plant trees around the world. Started in 2014, they have more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year. Fast-forward to today, they now work with awesome reforestations partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa who help them get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity.

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