OTTAWA, Dec. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada’s Forest Trust (CFT) – a social enterprise dedicated to restoring, preserving, and protecting forests in Canada – launched Canada’s Land Trust (CLT), an innovative program to support private landowners and stewards across the country. Through unique and customizable partnerships, owners of woodlots, forests, agricultural, and marginalized land can access funding and other resources to support their goal of growing and preserving a sustainable forest.
Forests represent over one-third of the total landmass of Canada. They are core to the Canadian landscape and identity, yet they are often under threat. For generations, many private landowners have been actively engaged in best management practices and creating diverse ecosystems. With 6% of Canadian forested land under private ownership, supporting private landowners is critical in maintaining their essential work as environmental stewards.
As climate change continues to devastate the planet, extreme storms, fires, infestations, droughts, and flooding will escalate and negatively impact landowners. In addition, private landowners can risk losing their land or be faced with difficulties maintaining it due to economic instability or simply because there are no next-generation stewards to preserve their legacy.
For these reasons, Canada’s Forest Trust launched Canada’s Land Trust (CLT).
Through the CLT program, landowners will receive partial or full support in restoring and preserving their land. This will ensure they are never burdened by the financial, material, or labour resources required to care for it effectively.
Private landowners are invited to register with the CLT program and work with CFT to identify the best partnership opportunity. This could include leasing the land to CFT, selling the land at fair market value, or developing a planting and maintenance partnership. In all cases, the goal is to ensure the forest thrives well into the future, which is why CFT offers a Forever Forest Guarantee™.
“This is truly a passion project,” said Gary Zed, Founder and CEO of CFT. “Growing up in New Brunswick, I saw landowners, including First Nations, face immense pressures when maintaining and protecting their land. The mission of Canada’s Land Trust is to ensure that land stewards never experience this type of stress again.”
“Restoring, preserving and protecting Mother Earth is at the heart of CFT,” said JP Gladu, Chair of the CFT Board. “The launch of Canada’s Land Trust allows CFT to expand our environmental impact and sustain our country’s abundant forest landscapes for generations to come.”
Speak to a team member at 1-877-970-GROW or [email protected].
About Canada’s Forest Trust
Canada’s Forest Trust (CFT) is a social enterprise that offers a nature-based solution to capture carbon by building Smart Forests™. CFT’s mission is to grow, preserve and protect millions of acres of forests worldwide in collaboration with our program participants, who include: businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, charities, communities, Indigenous communities and individuals. Our Forever Forest Guarantee™ ensures that every Smart Forest is measured, monitored and maintained following industry-leading silviculture practices. Smart Forests sequester CO2, rehabilitate ecosystems, engage Indigenous communities, and boost the green economy. Smart Forests are smart investments for you and the planet.