URBAN AND SEMI-URBAN FORESTRY PROGRAM
NatureLab's urban and semi-urban forestry sites are visible in the interactive map tool below. Find out more about the trees planted, the terrain and the maintenance plans. These plantings are part of NatureLab's urban and semi-urban forestry initiative funded by the sale of carbon credits. They allow to act on long-term carbon sequestration, to protect natural areas near cities and several social and environmental benefits. For every ton of CO2 offset with a NatureLab carbon credit, four trees are planted in the urban and semi-urban forestry program.
These plots are privately owned by NatureLab's partner owners. To ensure the well-being of the trees, they are not open to the public. Please respect these sites. The lands are offered to NatureLab for the planting and maintenance of trees over an extended period of time (30 years minimum). They come from municipalities, parapublic organizations, or private actors.
As part of its urban and semi-urban forestry program, NatureLab chose to plant a variety of trees adapted to Canada's temperate climate. Among the species chosen are hardwoods such as yellow birch and hybrid poplar, as well as conifers such as balsam fir and jack pine. The variety of trees in each plantation is crucial to ensure survival on the soil, but also to create a well-balanced ecosystem.
Planting sites in the urban and semi-urban forestry program must be regularly checked and maintained. Indeed, urban forestry is also synonymous with proximity to human activity. Sometimes winters with de-icing salts and snowmobile trails cause mortality and trees must be replaced. In addition, the sometimes slow growth of trees requires the maintenance of fast growing plants to ensure success. NatureLab provides an annual tree maintenance plan, in addition to having all these planting sites audited by a third party organization.
WHY FORESTRY IN QUEBEC, IN ADDITION TO CREDITS?
For every ton offset with NatureLab carbon credits, four trees are planted. Of course, the credits have an immediate effect on carbon emissions, but planting trees in an urban forestry program also has an effect on carbon pollution. Over the course of their growth, these trees will collectively capture and sequester up to one ton of additional carbon. Thus, NatureLab ensures a two-step effect on carbon pollution, with the best environmental and social value on the market.
Reforestation, or afforestation, on urban land has many benefits for wildlife. In addition to contributing directly to the creation of biodiversity and natural habitats, trees revalue land without natural succession. The creation of new forest corridors protects animal species and allows them to evolve in an endless urban sprawl.
Several studies show that urban forestry plays a key role in human psychological well-being on many levels. Of course, green spaces beautify the urban landscape, reduce heat islands, act as a sound barrier, and provide outdoor space and relaxation.
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