By law, areas harvested by all Canadian forest products companies operating in the boreal region, are required to be regenerated to ensure there is zero net loss of tree cover. Each year, Resolute supports natural regeneration with responsible harvest practices, and in 2012, the company celebrated the planting of its one billionth tree in northern Ontario. Just a few weeks ago, we participated in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s attempt to break the world record for most trees planted in an hour, planting 38,976 trees in Northwestern Ontario with our reforestation contractors and tree planters.
But maintaining and expanding the tree cover is just as important in our cities. Urban trees help reduce urban cooling costs in the summer by preventing the overheating of houses and pavement. They also have an impact on local climate, prevent erosion, help the soil retain moisture, and provide habitat for migratory birds. Many of these trees are also under stress from insects and ongoing development projects and need to be replaced.
Resolute is a strong supporter of urban tree planting programs in Canada, the United States and around the world. We support the United Nations’ Billion Tree Campaign a worldwide program of the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme, which has resulted in the planting of more than 12 billion trees and counting. We also support Trees Ontario’s 50 Million Trees Project that has the goal of planting 50 million trees in the province by 2025.
Planting trees in your home community is a rewarding activity that anyone can enjoy. We encourage you to visit the UN Billion Tree Campaign’s list of partner organizations to see how you can get involved.