Honda Canada and Forests Ontario Plant for a Healthier Ecosystem
Honda Canada supports forest restoration efforts across Canada
June 22, 2015 – This weekend, Honda Canada continued to plant trees through Forests Ontario’s Forest Recovery Canada program at a community tree plant in Boucherville, Quebec. The Boucherville plant was the fourth community planting this year made possible with the support of Honda Canada, following plantings in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia and Calgary, Alberta the previous week and in Ajax, Ontario in April. Over 2,000 trees have been planted throughout these communities by more than 300 volunteers.
Plantings were carried out as part of Forest Recovery Canada (FRC), a national planting program supporting large-scale planting projects across Canada. In an effort to counter forest fragmentation, community volunteers were invited to join us to help plant trees and learn more about the importance of forests.
Honda Canada has supported FRC since 2013 through the “One Honda. One Tree.” campaign, which pledges to plant a tree for every Honda lawn or garden tool sold from April 1st to July 31st each year. This campaign has supported the planting of more than 20,000 trees to date. Many of these plantings, spanning Nova Scotia to British Columbia, have contributed to the restoration of significant wildlife habitat and established greater connectivity between forested areas.
“Our forests have been under pressure from a wide variety of factors, including the development of land for agriculture as well as commercial and residential uses, invasive species, and forest fires,” said Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen. “We are fortunate to have the support of Honda Canada in ensuring that our forests remain healthy.”
Forest fragmentation is the break-up of forested areas into smaller isolated patches due to the above-mentioned factors. Large, contiguous forests have a greater capacity to sequester carbon and provide other invaluable ecosystem services like purifying our air and water, supporting wildlife habitat, and stabilizing lands and soils. FRC’s plantings serve to create greater connectivity between forests, and in turn a healthier ecosystem.
Forests Ontario would like to once again thank Honda Canada for its support of our efforts to restore our natural landscapes. Furthermore, we would like to thank our local partners who provided additional support for these plantings (Soverdi, Town of Boucherville, Agriculture & Woodlot Extension Society, Rocky View County, and Clean Foundation). Finally, we wish to extend our gratitude to the volunteers who joined us across these communities to help foster a greener and healthier future for all Canadians.