Northern Ontario Forestry Offset Pilot Project

Project Type: 

Afforestation and Restoration 

Area: 

111 acres acres (45 hectares)

Location(s): 

Canada -- Ontario -- Kapuskasing

Developer(s): 

Global CO2 Reduction, Inc., a subsidiary of Carbon Friendly™ Solutions, Inc.

Report: 
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Project Design Standards 2nd Ed.: June 11, 2010 – June 10, 2015, 2014 (RA-VAL-CCB-012980);

Located within the Ontario Boreal Shield eco-zone, this project aims to convert abandoned agricultural lands to forest by planting nearly 100,000 trees, providing habitat for forest species and increasing the forest connectivity in and around the project area. Project lands are owned by the town of Kapuskasing, and tree-planting activities offer employment opportunities for town residents. The project area lies over a groundwater well-head protection area (WHPA), which provides the town's water supply. Tree-planting activities are expected to enhance the WHPA over time by increasing water storage capacity and reducing the potential for soil erosion. The project has already generated interest from landowners in nearby communities like Cochrane and Opasatika. The hope is that farmers in the region will implement similar afforestation projects on their lands.