Miele Forest Projects
About Miele Forest
Miele Canada supports forest carbon capture in two essential ways: new tree planting and the preservation of existing old growth forests. New trees take years to develop their carbon-absorbing powers, while mature forests are already doing the job. Both play an important role in our fight against rising CO2 levels and provide homes for a diversity of plants and animals. The Miele Forest projects seek to slow forest losses due to logging and development, as well as restore degraded lands with original native species trees.
Project 1: Great Bear Forest Carbon Project, Haida Gwaii, B.C.
Improved Forestry Management - Coastal Temperate Rainforest Protection
The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project is located inside the traditional territories of the Haida Nation, British Columbia. The Great Bear project area covers more than 14 million acres and is within the Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii archipelago which is home to the largest remaining intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world, and rich with old growth forests.
The project aims to increase carbon capture and storage by converting forests that were previously available for logging to protected forests, thereby preserving, and increasing existing carbon stocks, reducing emissions caused by harvesting, road building and other forestry operations.
In addition to the carbon sequestration benefits, the project protects the western red cedar, which is known as the “Tree of Life” and many important habitats for organisms such as the Kermode bear, black and grizzly bears, and seacoast wolves. The project also preserves important coastal and freshwater habitats for marine life.
Project 2: Tree Planting, Northern Saskatchewan.
Reforestation– Boreal Forest Restoration
The Northern Saskatchewan Tree Planting Project is located near Prince Albert and Canada’s Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan. The project area consists of approximately 240 acres of privately owned lands surrounded by mature boreal forest woodlands. The original forest was cleared to create farmland but was found unproductive and later abandoned.
This project aims to increase carbon capture and storage by restoring abandoned, degraded farmland back to original Boreal forests though the planting of native species seedlings and then protecting the area in perpetuity under the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, thus increasing the carbon stocks as the trees grow into maturity and the forest is re-established.
In addition to the carbon sequestration benefits, the project will provide forest habitat for black bears, elk, moose, white-tailed deer, wolves, foxes and even cougar.