Forests are a special part of the natural environment, home to countless plants and animals. They’re places where we can escape our busy lives and reconnect with nature. Can you imagine a world without forests? We can’t!
September 20 to 26 is National Forest Week. Canadians are invited to learn about Canada’s forest heritage and raise awareness about this valuable shared resource. Here are our top 10 facts about trees and forests to celebrate National Forest Week:
1. Canada is home to eight major forest regions, including: Deciduous, Acadian, Boreal, Montane, Columbia, Subalpine, Great Lakes/St. Lawrence and Coastal. A forest region is defined as a major geographic belt or zone characterized by a broad uniformity both in physiography and in the composition of the dominant tree species.
2. Ontario has 66 per cent forest cover. This represents approximately 17 per cent of Canada’s forests and two per cent of the world’s forests.
3. Ontario’s forests cover a land area equivalent in size to Germany, Italy and the Netherlands combined.
4. Ontario’s Boreal forest is the breeding ground for 200 to 400 million birds of more than 250 species. This includes threatened species like yellow rail, Canada warbler and olive-sided flycatcher.
5. Ontario has approximately 85 billion trees – and growing! In the last 10 years, CVC staff, volunteers and community partners planted over 946,400 trees and shrubs.
6. Over 20 per cent of CVC’s watershed is forested. This is an increase from only 10 per cent in 1920!
7. Nine per cent of Ontario’s forests are within parks and protected areas. This is approximately seven million hectares.
8. Ontario’s forests grow by about 62 million cubic meters each year. Overall, forest cover across the Credit River Watershed has remained stable since the 1950s.
9. Ontario’s most common tree is the slack spruce. It makes up over 37 per cent of Ontario’s lumber. The most common tree in the Credit River Watershed is sugar maple.
10. Trees replenish our oxygen, filter out air pollution and help cool our cities and towns. In the last 10 years, we’ve planted enough trees to capture 547 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, which equals a year’s worth of emissions from 334 cars.
Planting trees and shrubs increases forest cover, biodiversity and provides essential habitat for wildlife. Celebrate National Forest Week by sharing these facts with your friends or planting a tree for future generations to enjoy. Learn more about our tree planting and habitat restoration services.
By Kimberley Laird, Marketing and Communications