Northern Ontario Forestry Offset Pilot Project
Afforestation and Restoration
111 acres acres (45 hectares)
Canada -- Ontario -- Kapuskasing
Global CO2 Reduction, Inc., a subsidiary of Carbon Friendly™ Solutions, Inc.
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 ecozone, this project aims to convert abandoned agricultural lands to forest by planting nearly 100,000 trees on the project site, 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). The WHPA provides the town's water supply and 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; it is hoped that farmers in the region may explore implementing similar afforestation projects on their lands.