In the 1990's, demand for saw-logs in British Columbia resulted in the cutting of more tree than was typical on Tsuu T'ina Nation lands in Southwestern Alberta, which have historically provided them cultural and financial support. When the results of this additional cutting became known, the Nation wanted a more regulated approach to logging through a forest management program. The Aboriginal Forestry program was then adopted to improve and manage forest lands and to develop forestry skills among Tsuu T'ina members. One component of this forestry program called for in-fill planting of harvested areas to make sure those areas remained productive. During the summer of 2000 50,000 conifers were planted and an extensive planting training program was provided for Tsuu T'ina Nation members. Several Eddie Bauer employees also helped to plant trees. Benefits of this project include rehabilitation of the forest, training of Tsuu T'ina members and support for forest management. Many organizations supported this project, including the Tree Canada Foundation, ATCO Pipelines, Dept. of Indian and Northern Affairs, First Nations Forestry Program, Stantec Consulting Ltd., Junior Forest Wardens and the Department of Environmental Protection.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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