For Immediate Release

October 18, 2010 – Mississauga, ON – A study released by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has found that forests within the Credit River Watershed store approximately 6.5 million tonnes of carbon, and are capturing an additional 13,326 tonnes of carbon every year. Conservation of these ecosystems retains the carbon stored in them and planting trees captures carbon from the atmosphere, helping to reduce greenhouse gases which are affecting our climate.

Since 1960, CVC, with a number of partners, has planted 2,534 hectares of new forests throughout the watershed. Future plans aim to increase reforestation efforts over the next 20 years. Altogether, these plantations will capture an average of 5,459 tonnes of carbon per year, equivalent to the annual emissions of 1,300 watershed residents.

“This study underscores that we need to step up our efforts to plant more trees every year; but more importantly, we need to be aggressive about protecting the forests and trees we already have,” stated Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship at CVC.

The capture and storage of carbon by forests helps to defend against climate change by reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Globally, it is estimated that deforestation contributes to as much as one-fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions.

The study also revealed that forests in the Credit River Watershed are under threat, with as much as 25 to 50 hectares of often mature forest lost to development each year, which causes the carbon to be released into the atmosphere. Even with aggressive reforestation efforts, plantings of young trees cannot counter the effects of development.

For more information about the study, An Analysis of Present and Future Carbon Storage in the Forests of the Credit River Watershed, please visit CVC’s website at http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/bulletin/resources.htm.

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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Marta Marychuk,

Community Relations specialist

Credit Valley Conservation

905-670-1615

[email protected]

INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mike Puddister

Director, Restoration and Stewardship

Credit Valley Conservation

416-648-7134

[email protected]

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