Tree Canada successfully Grows Clean Air

Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday June 6th, 2013 — Tree Canada, in collaboration with TD Bank Group and the Munsee-Delaware Nation, has successfully established and completed the process of third party verification on its first carbon plantation project under the Tree Canada Forest and Urban Tree Carbon Protocol. This project is part of Tree Canada’s Grow Clean Air program.

The primary purpose of the project is to remove tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it in the biomass of the growing trees while, at the same time, providing carbon credits to TD. “Tree Canada is fortunate to have such a wonderful corporate partner as TD and a committed First Nation as the Munsee-Delaware who will help look after the planted trees,” says Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “Our combined efforts in this historic undertaking cannot be understated.”

The project also provided an opportunity for the Munsee-Delaware to officially launch the Munsee Tree Corporation – an educational and practical tool for the future, creating jobs for the community. “As Aboriginal People, it is our duty to protect Mother Earth for future generations,” declared Chief Patrick Waddilove “First Nation People are the heart beat of Mother Earth.”

A total of 52,666 hybrid poplar trees were planted during the spring of 2010 and the fall of 2011 on 27.80 hectares of Munsee-Delaware Nation-owned land. It is anticipated that these trees will sequester a gross amount of 18,534 tonnes of CO2e and a net amount of above-ground CO2e of 11,241 tonnes over a period of 31 years.

Tree Canada is now at the forefront of Canadian-based tree planting initiatives under the voluntary carbon market. This pilot project was an important step in providing Tree Canada with the ability to lead in these types of projects – part of a brighter future where the planting of trees can assist in reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere, with the aim of helping mitigate climate change.

For more information regarding how companies and organizations can participate in the Grow Clean Air program by reducing their carbon emissions or by becoming carbon neutral with the planting of trees with Tree Canada, please visit the following link on our website: https://treecanada.ca/reforestation-carbon-offsetting/carbon-offsetting/

About the Tree Canada Forest and Urban Tree Carbon Project Protocol

The Munsee Project was verified not only against the Tree Canada Protocol, but also against ISO 14064 standards. All aspects of the carbon plantation projects are fully compliant with these standards, including:

  • the eligibility of the lands;
  • proof of permanence;
  • determination and justification of the baseline scenario and project scenario;
  • identification the project sources, sinks and reservoirs;
  • assessment of additionality and leakage;
  • quantification of the emissions and the removals;
  • assessment of uncertainties; and
  • methodologies and management of data quality.

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, almost 80 million trees have been planted, more than 540 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 10 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

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Contact:

Richard Walker
Director of Communications and Event Planning, Tree Canada
613-567-5545, ext. 224
rwalker@treecanada.ca