Restore Boreal Habitat
Each one of our Carbon Plus Credits represents a home for the plants and animals that live in the Boreal region. Our goal is to create diverse and dynamic forests that will be representative of the original Boreal ecosystem that once existed on the land. This will lead to increased biodiversity beyond plant life as insects, mammals and birds begin utilizing the habitat. In recent visits to our first forest, we were delighted to find more than a dozen deer browsing, a red squirrel scampering and a bald eagle perched nearby! Check out the photo evidence of some of the visitors here.
The New York Times recently launched amazing interactive maps called Changing Forests. We encourage you to check it out and switch between Ancient Forests and Recent Losses to see why restoring and protecting key areas in the Boreal is becoming increasingly important.
Learn more about the importance of restoring and protecting the Boreal watch the video below.
The Boreal region where Our Forests are located is of vital importance to many of our natural systems. Ecosystem services provided by the boreal, such as carbon storage and water filtration, are worth 2.5 times more than the value of extracting resources such as minerals and timber. Did you know that:
- more than 30 percent of North America's bird population relies on the Boreal for breeding and 325 bird species depend on Boreal shelter during the course of their lives;
- the Boreal is home to large populations of wolves, bears, moose and a number of smaller animals; and
- Boreal ecosystems contain more than 80 percent of the world's liquid freshwater.
Habitat loss is an increasing issue in the boreal region and across the world, but by creating a forest with us you will be doing your part to reverse the trend of deforestation and fragmentation. Society can balance development with environmental stewardship and together we can be part of the solution. While it is no secret that the Earth's original forests have been significantly impacted by human activity (see below), there is no reason why Our Forests can not renew some of their former grandeur.
Original Forests: Original, intact forests 8,000 years ago and today