Project - Cape Breton (One Tree Planted)

One Tree Nova Scotia
One Tree Planted - Canada

Nova Scotia, Canada's Cape Breton Highlands National Park needs to reforest two "borrow pit" gravel sites to bring them back to their original forest state. These two pits are currently quite rocky, and the Parks staff are working on a plan to bring topsoil and coarse woody debris into these areas (at the Park's cost) to prepare for the planting of several thousand seedlings of mixed coniferous and deciduous species.

Reforestation in Nova Scotia will prioritize climate change resilience and carbon storage, in addition to resilience against insects and disease.

A mix of diverse, native species from local nurseries will be planted. Since this project aims to increase diversity and mimic the nearby Acadian forests, we will be planting a mixture of conifers and deciduous hardwoods. The conifer species include red spruce, white spruce, red pine, white pine, eastern white cedar, eastern hemlock, and eastern larch. The deciduous species include willow, alder, white birch, yellow birch, red oak, red maple, sugar maple, silver maple, black cherry, and pin cherry.

The Cabot Trail attracts over 300,000 tourists annually, both by vehicle and bike traffic. The reclamation work will provide additional wildlife habitat for the mammals and birds that thrive in the area and will eliminate an unsightly eyesore along the heavily trafficked Cabot Trail tourism highway.