Westland

Ecosystem Restoration in the Rocky Mountain Trench

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This area of the province has faced many challenges. One of the most pervasive has been forest encroachment on areas that were once grassland. This has led to loss of biodiversity, increased danger of wildfires, and forest health issues. Tembec has developed some innovative practices, such as their chipping project, to address these issues. Basically, Tembec is chipping small trees that have previously been of no economic value, but that have created many of the problems listed above. By turning these small trees to chips, they are restoring economic value to the landscape, removing fuel for wildfires, and bringing back biological diversity. One measure that proves the value of this project is the list of groups that support it. Environmental groups, cattlemen, forestry professionals, naturalists, and communities agree that this type of program creates a win-win situation for everyone.

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