This reforestation initiative is helping to restore the landscape of old growth forests management areas in British Columbia after the Plateau fire in 2017. Old Growth Management Areas (OGMAs) are legal areas that are protected from harvesting for all time. The fire has impacted the forest, soils, riparian ecosystems, wildlife, and water quality. Local indigenous communities have seen their ability to hunt and gather food drastically altered. But your support will go a long way! The goal of planting trees here is to not only re-establish a healthy forest, but also to plant species that will be resilient in the face of climate change and support the essential old growth forest ecosystems. This project will create habitat for many local wildlife species for decades to come, including mule deer, moose, black and grizzly bear, wolves, sandhill cranes, various raptors, songbirds, and small mammals. Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests 🌲
Planting trees will catalyze the process of returning the area to a forested state, and support organisms that rely on old growth forests. Newly planted trees will begin the process of sequestering atmospheric carbon, and over time improve the hydrological benefits of the forest. The ecosystems that have been greatly simplified by extreme fire conditions will once again become complex ecosystems capable of supporting a broad range of species and life forms.
Deciduous seedlings are used in a number of situations, including providing shelter for frost intolerant species like Douglas-fir, planting in landscape fuel breaks to reduce the potential for wildfire to spread, and providing species and ecological diversity at local and landscape levels. Wildfire events commonly cause soil instability and erosion, due to the removal of the top litter layer. Reforesting fire impacted areas improves soil stabilization through root development, and decreases the speed at which it hits the ground.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
B.C.’s rich forest diversity includes more than 40 different species of native trees, with some of Canada’s most interesting and valuable tree species. Coniferous, or softwood, species such as pine, spruce, fir, hemlock and western red cedar are predominant in close to 90 per cent of B.C.’s forests. In this project we made efforts to maximize species diversity, including the following species: Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, hybrid spruce, ponderosa pine, trembling aspen.