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Happy World Forestry Day

Posted on March 21, 2012

It’s spring and the crocuses are blooming in some Canadian cities. But a warmer March isn’t such good news for Canada’s forests.

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is examining evidence that a warming climate may be responsible for more intense forest fires, drought and the resulting forest die-off, beetle outbreaks, and skewed phenology patterns. USGBC scientists are also assessingthe amount of carbon stored in ecosystems across the United States, due to be finished in 2013. The potential of ecosystems to store carbon in vegetation, soils and sediments (biological carbon sequestration) should inform land management decisions such as wetland restoration, forest harvesting, or farming techniques, says the organization.

Volunteers at a TD Green Streets tree planting in Red Deer last year.

It’s not just sprawling forests that need attention: urban forests are also important. TD Green Streets just announced $300,000 in grants to be divided among 21 Canadian communities in 2012. The money will go towards  tree planting, inventory, maintenance, and education. There will be up to $15,000 available per community. To put that in perspective, Toronto (admittedly, a very big city) has an annual urban forest maintenance budget of $27.6 million.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 TD Green Streets recipients:

·        Tofino, British Columbia
·        Vancouver BIA, British Columbia
·        Coquitlam, British Columbia
·        Regional District of Central Okanagan, British Columbia
·        Penticton, British Columbia
·        Banff, Alberta
·        Edmonton, Alberta
·        Swift Current, Saskatchewan
·        Thunder Bay, Ontario
·        Town of Saugeen Shores, Ontario
·        Goderich, Ontario
·        Milton, Ontario
·        Oshawa, Ontario
·        Carleton Place, Ontario
·        Parkdale Village BIA, Toronto, Ontario
·        Mississauga, Ontario
·        Wendake, Quebec
·        Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent, Quebec
·        Saint-Leonard, Quebec
·        Dieppe, New Brunswick
·        Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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