Kenauk, Quebec (Photo by Kenauk Nature)

Kenauk, Quebec (Photo by Kenauk Nature)


October 28, 2016


Nature Conservancy of Canada Highlights Economic Value of Saving Forests

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is urging Canadians to consider the true value of preserving our forests.

This year’s edition of the popular national speaker’s series, Why Forests Matters, will take place in Montreal, November 9, with a look at the natural capital of our forests.

Natural capital refers to the goods and services that nature provides us. These are services that are fundamental to our economy, as well as to our survival.

Working with TD Economics, the Nature Conservancy of Canada studied the deeper value of our forests. They found that forests provide over $20,000 a hectare in natural capital. Approximately half of the value comes from carbon storage and the other half is related to the services forests provide to purify water and improve air quality. In the midst of national debates over the impacts of climate change and national carbon pricing plans, NCC says we should not overlook the important contributions of our forests.

“Conserving and restoring forests helps communities mitigate the impacts of climate change and helps absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide,” said Dan Kraus, NCC’s Weston Conservation Scientist. “Canada is home to 9 percent of the world’s forests and sometimes we take them for granted. In the south, where most Canadians live, our forests are under increasing threat from fragmentation, habitat loss and invasive species”.

Kraus will join other speakers, including Karen Clarke-Whistler, chief environment officer of TD Bank Group, at the Why Forests Matter event. In addition to natural capital, they will consider the state of our forests and their importance to our culture and our well-being. Audience members will also learn about how trees communicate with one another and what they’re ‘saying’.

Presenting sponsor, TD Bank Group, has been working with NCC for the past 5 years to conserve and care for some of our country’s most important forest habitat. The TD Forests program has helped to complete 25 conservation projects, totalling 16,432 hectares -- about the size of 27,000 Canadian football fields. The projects include examples of rare old-growth forest and important wildlife corridors. They protect 50 kilometres of rivers and streams and provide habitat for 63 species at risk.

In Quebec, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is undertaking five conservation projects supported by TD Forests, preserving over 4,890 hectares of habitat in different parts of the province. These include a large forested area, called the Kenauk project, in the Outaouais, totalling over 10,050 acres, which will allow recreational use for people and families.  

  • 316 ha – Malbaie River – Gaspé Peninsula
  • 30 ha – Pointe Verte – Gaspé Peninsula
  • 169 ha – Mount Foster – Green Mountains, Eastern Townships
  • 4,067 ha – Kinonge River Valley (Kenauk), Outaouais
  • 307 ha – Mount Burnt – near Vermont Border – Appalachian Mixed Forest

“Working with the Nature Conservancy of Canada shows what can be achieved through innovative collaborations and provides a problem-solving model that can be applied to many of the environmental challenges that we face today,” said Clarke-Whistler.

Why Forests Matter:

  • What:   Why Forests Matter speaker’s event
  • Where: Palais des congrès de Montréal, Level 5,

             1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal

  • When:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016

          7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
          Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

  • Who: Panellists for the event are:

          •     Karen Clarke-Whistler | Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group
          •     Andrew De Vries | Vice President, Conservation and Indigenous Relations | Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc
          •     Andrew Hunter: Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art | Art Gallery of Ontario
          •     Marie-Michèle Rousseau-Clair | Stewardship Compliance Manager | Nature Conservancy of Canada
          •     Dr. Suzanne Simard, forest ecologist | University of British Columbia
          •     Richard Louv (via video): Author | Last Child in the Woods, Vitamin N

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.8 million acres (over 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast, including 98,800 acres (40,000 hectares) in Quebec.

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Media Contact:

Elizabeth Sbaglia
Communications Manager, Quebec Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada
514-876-1606 x240

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