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National Greening Program
The National Greening Program targets areas in need of reforestation or afforestation with mass seedling plantings. Growing trees where forests have been degraded – or where there was no previous tree cover – provides multiple benefits to nature, from ecosystem stability to cleaner air, water and soil.
Why is Reforestation important?
Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, helping to fight climate change by removing and storing carbon from the air.
Restoring forest cover protects and enhances habitat for wildlife and increases biodiversity.
Trees remove pollutants and toxins from the air, soil and groundwater and prevent soil erosion near waterways.
What about afforestation?
Afforestation is the process of establishing new forests or woodlands in areas where there was no tree cover over a long period of time, such as abandoned agricultural or industrial lands.
Every National Greening Program planting project follows a specific silvicultural prescription that is approved by a registered forestry professional. This ensures that all projects are prescribing the appropriate species mix, density, and pre- and post-planting treatments to maximize the establishment and survival potential of the trees.
Tree Canada plants seedlings of native tree species suited for each planting site to allow the ecosystem to re-establish itself or remain in its original state. Since native species are currently growing or once grew in a particular area, they are more likely to re-establish themselves and thrive than non-native species.