Restoration is an art, written on the landscape by saw or by spade. We can’t go on living on our planet as we have been in the past. The population is too high, our consumption is too excessive and our exploitation of nature is too severe. How can we transition our way of living to improve the natural world we all depend on? How can we improve forests, fields, rivers and soils?
Community Forests International practices working land restoration. Working forests can be harvested in a way that improves their growth and diversity. It’s like weeding a garden - abundant short-lived trees are removed in order to allow more light and resources to reach underrepresented long-lived varieties. Forests do this naturally through succession; pioneer trees die to make way for others. We can speed up the process by removing trees selectively and using them for timber, furniture and firewood. Community Forests International currently operates a forest restoration project and demonstration site at Whaelghinbran Farm. Other forest restoration experts in the Maritime Provinces include the Acadian Forests Keepers and Windhorse Farm (should we name others?).
On Whaelghinbran Farm, Community Forests International is also conducting a watercourse restoration project. This project involves planting trees and shrubs along Whaelghinbran Brook to create habitat and stabilize its banks, installing erosion control structures to keep runoff and debris out of the stream, and collecting data in order to monitor changes in watercourse health over time. The project allows CFI to demonstrate the link between the health of our forests and the health of our waterways, and practical restoration methods for other landowners in the area to learn from and replicate.
To foster environmental stewardship internationally by establishing community forests, promoting sustainable forestry techniques and initiating environmental education.