The train station of Évron, France

The train station of Évron, France. Credit: © Benjamin Smith/Wikimedia Commons

L'abbaye Notre-Dame, Évron, France

L’abbaye Notre-Dame, Évron, France. Credit: © Benjamin Smith/Wikimedia Commons

Project Location:
Evron, France

Key Activities:

  • Planting 400 native trees species across seven acres
  • Educating 350 school children on tree stewardship
  • Restoring wildlife corridors

Project Description:
Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are working with Mayenne Nature Environnement to engage local residents and school children in planting 400 trees throughout the city to improve greenspaces and build wildlife corridors.

Why This Project:
Evron, France, is home to more than 5,000 residents. A few years ago, the city made a commitment to sustainable development practices and to improve its greenspaces for both human and wild inhabitants.

While Evron sits in the northwest French countryside, the commune, or township, itself is fairly urbanized with fragmented patches of trees and greenspace. This project is planting native trees throughout the city to help reconnect some of these greenspaces, rebuilding wildlife habitat and improving the quality of life for Evron’s citizens. By engaging local school children in the planting efforts, the city is fostering a new generation of environmental stewards.

Why Wildlife Corridors:
Many animal species need wide swaths of land in which to hunt, forage and build homes. Many more also move their residences with the seasons. When houses, roads, fences and other infrastructure spring up, they not only destroy habitat, but also often prevent animal movement within a species’ natural range. Research has shown that fragmented forests adversely affect wildlife migration, which can reduce population sizes and a species’ genetic diversity.