Project Forest: Edmonton non-profit funds forest creation for natural carbon capture in Alberta

EDMONTON, Oct. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ita??s been proven that forests capture carbon naturallya??they literally suck. And one Alberta non-profit, run by a team of passionate silviculturists, wants to harness that power for good by creating opportunities to rewild local landscapes close to home.A 
a??Forests are arguably the most cost-effective means of capturing atmospheric carbon,a?? says Mike Toffan, General Manager of Reclamation and Forestry for Tree Time Services and founder of Project Forest. a??They clean the air and water, support animal habitat and provide us with a natural playground.a??While there are a number of global initiatives working to combat climate change through tree planting, Toffan says it can be a challenge to find meaningful opportunities to support programs that benefit Canadian forests. a??It can be even more challenging for businesses to get involved at a corporate levela??which is one of the reasons we created Project Forest,a?? says Toffan.A Project Foresta??s model is simple; theya??ll connect with conservation groups and private landowners to identify and convert non-productive agriculture land or under-utilized land to forest. From there, theya??ll share the opportunity to rewild that land with interested businesses.a??Essentially, wea??re building a community of like-minded, environmentally-conscious companies, working together to plant forests where Albertans can enjoy them mosta??close to home,a?? says Toffan, adding every Project Forest location will be no further than an hour from a municipal centre.A 
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