2 Billion Trees
“The 2 Billion Trees (2BT) program aims to motivate and support new tree planting projects. Over a period of 10 years, by 2031, up to $3.2 billion will be invested in tree planting efforts to support provinces, territories, third-party organizations (for and not-for profit) and Indigenous organizations to plant two billion trees across Canada.” (gc website)
In 2021, the NBFWO applied and was chosen to receive $250,000 in funding from the Federal government’s 2BT program (part of the Natural Climate Solutions Fund). In 2022, we are receiving $500,000 in funding! That will be nearly 1 million additional trees in the ground here on New Brunswick’s private woodlands. Funding is distributed by working collaboratively with staff from the provincial forest product marketing boards.
There is another call for proposals this fall and we will be looking for sites that woodlot owners are looking to have planted. One of the key components of this funding stream is the idea of increasing forest cover to increase the sequestration of greenhouse gases, so the planting of marginal agricultural land, stream banks and unforested areas is looked on favourably. There is also a keen interest in increasing biodiversity and providing habitat for species-at-risk.
If you are interested in more information about this project, please let us know. This is a federal initiative and our portion of the project is delivered through several of the provincial marketing boards.