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“Planting and nurturing a tree helps remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, converting it into living biomass. Carbon dioxide is the most important anthropogenic greenhouse gas, simply because we produce so much of it. It is the main driver of climate change and all of the extreme weather, reduced food crop production, ecological damage and potential social instability that goes with it. A simple tree has the capacity to stand against all this.”

– Donald Smith, President & Scientific Director, BioFuelNet Canada

By planting white spruce trees, you not only help absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, but also provide food and habitat to a multitude of native forest species. For example, birds, such as spruce grouse, chickadees and nuthatches, eat the seeds from spruce cones; squirrels, voles and shrews also eat various parts of the tree; and moose and deer use spruce stands for thermal protection. We thank you for making Canada greener and for contributing to this initiative!

~ Annie Webb

Manager, Communications & Public Relations, BioFuelNet Canada

We are using ForestNation tree kits to care for our planet and communicate our green values. The ForestNation tree kits are by far the greenest promotional item we could offer our partners or conference attendees. Trees are the original climate change fighters. They contribute to the reduction of CO2 in our atmosphere, which is very much in alignment with our goals at BioFuelNet Canada. Every single tree planted is a step towards a greener, healthier planet.

~ Guillaume Champeau

Coordinator, Administration & eCommunications, BioFuelNet Canada

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago (Warren Buffett). Let’s ensure that people around the world can benefit from some affordable shade and Buffet wisdom.

~ George Mahmourides
Manager, Business Development & Knowledge Transfer, BioFuelNet Canada
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BioFuelNet Canada

BioFuelNet Canada (BFN) is a national network whose mission is to support the growth of Canada’s advanced biofuels industry through coordinated research, innovation, effective education, smart policy and strategic partnerships.

Our community consists of 27 Canadian universities, 80 leading researchers, and over 100 partner organizations, including 40 industry partners, 6 international organizations as well as dozens of governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Our network aligns national biofuel research activities to accelerate commercialization and effectively position developing technologies in the marketplace. We operate under a $25 million grant through the Federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. Our headquarters are located in the beautiful and culturally diverse city of Montreal.

We are proud to be socially responsible

The very existence of our network is environmentally friendly and socially responsible; we are researching non-food, renewable biofuels and aim to reduce fossil fuel dependence. Smaller achievements we are proud of:

  • Gold LEED certified headquarters outfitted with reused furniture.
  • Our office is water bottle-free and we compost everything we can.
  • Our promotional items are eco-friendly and recyclable.
  • We voluntarily purchase carbon credits for our events.
  • We mainly publish digitally and only print on FSC certified stock.

Canada has been truly “blessed” with an abundance of forest covered lands whose immediate benefits are multifaceted and incalculable. Consider the following: Forests contribute to the production of oxygen we breathe, remove carbon dioxide, help clean the air and moderate the climate. Forests regulate our supply of fresh water, help prevent erosion and flooding, create habitat for wildlife and provide recreation and aesthetic value. Forests also provide a critical source of Canadian economic growth and prosperity and are the main source of wood for paper, furniture, composite materials, lumber, and more recently industrial chemicals. Well-managed and sustainable forests initiatives will continue to ensure that Canadian forests play a major role in the country’s current and future economic, social and environmental well being and BioFuelNet is proud to be part of these activities.

~ Terry McIntyre
Officer, Government Liaison & Quality Assurance

FAQs

ForestNation is a social business. We combine commercial, social and environmental goals equally. We empower individuals, companies and organizations to fulfill their own missions whilst growing a forest and creating sustainable livelihoods. We believe that giving back to Mother Earth should be fun and inspiring.

CO2: A tropical tree absorbs 50 pounds of carbon dioxide per year on average throughout its lifetime.
O2: Trees breathe out oxygen 4 to 5 times the amount of CO2 they absorb each year.
Land reforested: 1000 trees per hectare is a general reforestation best practice.
Jobs created: It takes 68 hours for 1 caretaker to create 10000 tree seedlings and 1 hour per day to maintain them. That translates to 40 hours of work for every 1000 trees.

For every 10,000 trees planted at least double that will germinate naturally within 5 years providing for generations to come. Also the forest provides habitat & shade for animals, natural resources for locals and adds to the beauty of the region.

We plant in the forests of Tanzania, Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, Madagascar and more. All our Tree Planting Projects create sustainable livelihoods. All the trees absorb CO2, offset carbon emissions and contribute towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. More details about where we plant trees for each campaign are explained on the campaign page.

We work closely with our local tree nurseries to ensure bests practices are followed. They use agroforestry techniques where trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland to increase natural reforestation and biodiversity as nature intended.

We mostly plant trees which provide harvest to the local communities. For example, fruit trees are planted around schools in Tanzania to provide nutrition to the children. Our trees also help avoid land degradation. For example, trees were planted along the Lushoto water catchment basin, which supplies fresh water to over 20,000 people in the Lushoto Township and is important to prevent future stream bank erosion.

It takes 8 to 9 months for tree seedlings to be prepped for plantation. Different species are stocked up and made ready for planting during favorable seasons. For example, our Tanzanian nursery plants from March to June and October to December.

A Tree kit has everything you need to grow a tree from seed. We plant matching trees for every tree kit you get as a gift. We also plant matching trees whenever you name your Tree on ForestNation.

Trees connect you with Mother Earth and ignite your nurturing instinct. Growing something from seed helps you experiencing nature’s magic and give back. Tree kits also support our local Tree kit maker (1000 kits create a full day of work).

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Thanks for growing #forestnation.