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Written by: Summer Graham

 

 

Title: Bringing Nature Home - How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants (updated and expanded)

Author: Douglas W. Tallamy, forward by Rick Darke

Length: 360 pages (paperback)

Formats Available: paperback, audiobook, and E-book

 

 

 

 

I first encountered a reference to Douglas Tallamy’s “Bringing Nature Home” while I was reading an article on the issue of invasive Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) dominating the unique ravine ecosystem in Toronto, Ontario. As someone who feels as though they are constantly struggling to find the right words to explain the threats invasive and non-native species pose to the environment, the book quickly went to the top of my “must-read” list. In this updated and expanded version of his book, Tallamy sets out to inspire the every-day, suburban gardener to look critically at the species they use in their gardens, and then make changes to support our native wildlife.

 

Tallamy is a professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology. He has authored over 80 research publications and lectured on a variety of topics for 36 years, including insect taxonomy, insect ecology, humans and nature, and behavioral ecology. In “Bringing Nature Home” Tallamy shares much of his knowledge on one of his primary research goals, understanding the way insects interact with vegetation and how this can determine and impact wildlife communities.

 

Although covering fairly heavy topics such as habitat loss, urban development, and drastic declines in species populations, Tallamy writes in a tone that is light and easy to read even though it is based on facts and scientific studies. The numerous, colourful photographs depicting native flora and fauna help to inspire the reader with visions of what their garden could be, and the wildlife it could support, with just a few easy changes. Tallamy also writes of personal experiences and his work transforming his own property, which in my opinion gives him even more credibility on the topic (if any is needed!).

 

One of my favourite sections is the final one, “Answers to Tough Questions”. Here you can find content addressing those tricky questions, ones you might come up against when trying to explain to your Aunt why she shouldn’t plant a Norway Maple in her back yard, or convincing your father of the importance of removing European Common Reed (Phragmites australis australis) from the pond in his woods. Believe me, once you have read “Bringing Nature Home” and start making changes in your own backyard, you will soon want to buy a copy for every friend and family member to help your efforts multiply. The review on the front of the book says it all, “If you have a backyard, this book is for you”.

 

Resources

 

Bringing Nature Home Website

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Written by: Nicole White

 

A big part of CanPlant's mandate is asserted in its motto: 'Connecting People With Plants'. From the beginning, we envisioned using the concept of 'Plant People' to shine a light on individuals and groups doing exceptional work. I'm going to profile one such group today, and keep your eyes open for more in the future.

 

As I reflected in this website's World Wildlife Day post, lately I've been noticing a phenomenon that, although not new, is gaining traction and visibility: smart people are doing vital work with plants that stems from an understanding that an intrinsic, fundamental connection exists between plants and traditional human cultures—and that our future depends on taking practical action in a way that's informed by this knowledge.

 

The Young Seedkeepers Garden takes ideas of seed saving, cultural knowledge, and empowerment of coming generations, and intends to bring them to fruition in a way that's practical and accessible. Although located in Southern Ontario, their work and philosophy informs a globally-relevant praxis that's worth your time to consider.

 

The Young Seedkeepers garden is also an applicant for the Gardens for Good grant program, which awards $5,000 to 21 winning entries across the US and Canada. Voting is open until April 7, 2021. If this project speaks to you, consider voting for them. Voting is limited to one vote per email address, so tell your friends too!

 

 

THE PLANTS, PEOPLE, and LAND of YOUNG SEEDKEEPERS GARDEN

 

 

Proposed location of the Young Seedkeepers Garden. Graphic by Shabina Lafleur-Gangji.

 

I first met Shabina Lafleur-Gangji in the late aughts.  In the subsequent decade-and-a-bit, her work as an herbalist, educator, writer, and activist has soared ever-upward. It seems like she's always working on something exceptional, and I have so much admiration for her dedication and integrity as a community leader.

 

Shabina is part of a brand-new venture launched by a group of Black, Indigenous, or racialized (BIPOC) parents and friends, located in Guelph, Ontario, called The Young Seedkeepers Garden. The vision for this project was developed when these parents decided to address a lack of culturally appropriate, affordable children's programming they'd identified during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Shabina Lafleur-Gangji, one of the founders of the Young Seedkeepers Garden.

 

The group plans to facilitate weekly hands-on workshops for kids, sharing traditional plant cultivation skills and teachings from elders and knowledge keepers of diverse cultures and backgrounds. This will enable children to learn about plants, share their cultures with each other, and have fresh-grown food to take home each week.

 

The project also has an aim of treating the stress, insecurity (both personal and financial), and isolation brought on by living through a pandemic, which is disproportionately affecting underserved communities. The workshops are being offered at a sliding scale. And, they'll be located in an outdoor space that's able to accommodate physical distancing requirements while also letting kids socialize and learn together.

 

As a non-parent, it makes me so glad to know that something like this is being created by and for families. Another aspect of this project that really impressed me is that it's taking place on only a half-acre of land in a city. So much can be done with even a small area, when the right skills, knowledge and attitudes are brought to it.

 

  • A selection of links to Shabina's other work can be found here.

  • To read more about The Young Seedkeepers' Garden's grant application or vote for them, check out their entry on the Gardens for Good page by clicking the button below.

 

 

 

WANT TO CONNECT?

 

Stewardship of cultural plant knowledge is work that defies measure—if cultural plant knowledge is lost, it's lost—but when communities can perpetuate their knowledge, a radically transformative legacy is created for future generations.

 

  • If you think this organization, or any others featured in CanPlant's blog or social media are doing great work, consider donating to them—or, find where this kind of work is happening in your area and give those plant people your support.

 

  • If you've got your own inspiration for a new project, check out the CanPlant Community Grants page, a living document where we provide resources for anyone looking to make the world a better place by connecting with plants.

 

  • Finally, if you know someone who deserves to be profiled in this space, let us know! We're looking forward to connecting with anyone doing interesting things with plants.
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Written by: Bianca Marcellino

 

Pollinators are organisms that feed on flowering plants and in return, help plants to reproduce by spreading pollen from flower to flower and aiding in plant fertilization; this interaction is arguably the most important mutualism relationships on Earth. Pollinators include bees, butterflies, some beetles, birds and bats. Pollinators help to sustain ecosystems and produce natural resources such as many forms of produce for human and animal consumption. The protection of the world’s pollinators and all the ecosystems they service is of global importance, as pollinators are responsible for pollinating more than 180,000 plant species and 1200 crops, which can be broken down to 1 in every 3 bites of food you take relying on pollinators. Quantitatively, they contribute over 217 billion dollars to the global economy, in addition to providing the world with non-monetary ecosystem services as described above. 

 

Unfortunately, pollinators, particularity bees, have been on an alarming decline in recent years. Currently, there is thought to be no single cause for their decline, but a synergism of effects that each contribute including habitat loss, pesticide use, pathogens and intensive farming practices such as mono-cropping limiting pollinators’ food source diversity.

 

Although it seems like these issues will require large-scale, commercial solutions and ample funds to resolve, backyard flower planting is one way that everyday Canadians can help to ensure pollinators have food sources in urban areas. By planting a variety of flowering plants, it allows pollinators to have access to a diverse food source, fostering healthy immune systems. Opting to plant native plant species is often a good option as they are already a known, stable food source for the pollinators and other native insects and wildlife species.

 

Late summer to early fall blooming plants are important to pollinators so they can store enough food for themselves to successfully overwinter. Some native later-blooming garden flowers include:

 

Black-eyed Susan

(Rudbeckia hirta)

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Tall Goldenrod

(Solidago altissima)

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Zig Zag Goldenrod

(Solidago flexicaulis)

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Tickseed

(Coreopsis lanceolata)

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Coneflower

(Echinacea purpurea)

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Sunflower

(Helianthus divaricatus)

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Not only do flowers help pollinators to survive, but they make wonderful additions to any garden!

 

Additional Reading 

 

Pollinator Partnership - 7 Things You Can Do for Pollinators

 

Seeds of Diversity - Protecting Pollinators

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Written by: Summer Graham

 

After a long and cold Canadian winter, our thoughts are likely turning towards warmer days for bird watching, hiking, or gardening. But enjoying wildlife and nature doesn't have to wait for spring. When you garden with native plants you might find that wildlife visits your yard year-round as they rely on the seeds and berries from native plants to help them through the winter!

 

Depending on where you are in Canada, here are some native garden species that either produce food or create habitat for wildlife during the winter months:

 

White Spruce

(Picea glauca)

 

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White Spruce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bur Oak

(Quercus macrocarpa)

 

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Bur Oak

Gray Dogwood

(Cornus racemosa)

 

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Gray Dogwood

Common Snowberry

(Symphoricarpos albus)

 

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Common Snowberry

Eastern White Cedar

(Thuja occidentalis)

 

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Eastern White Cedar

Hackberry

(Celtis occidentalis)

 

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Hackberry

Winterberry

(Ilex verticillata)

 

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Winterberry

 

Note that not all fruit and seed producing native plants offer winter support to wildlife. The species listed above are unique in that fruit will ripen and persist on the plant through the cold season, rather than fall to the ground and decompose before wildlife can use it. 

 

In addition to a properly maintained bird feeder (frequently washed and refilled to reduce the spread of disease) consider adding some native species to your yard and enjoy watching wildlife year-round!

 

 

Additional Reading:

 LEAF – Six Native Species Ideal for Winter Wildlife Habitat 

Love your Landscape – Support Winter Wildlife With These 6 Berry-Producing Plants 

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Written by: Nicole White

 

World Wildlife Day logo - Stylized globe with silhouettes of plants and animals

 

This year's UN World Wildlife Day celebrates forest-based livelihoods worldwide with the theme  'Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet'.

 

I grew up a family who hunted, fished, and worked in the woods. Later, like many young Canadians, I laboured as a piecework tree planter in the Boreal Forest. But even people I know who have lived their lives in Canada's most urban neighbourhoods feel a connection to woodlands—for example, my Torontonian friends who feel a sense of integration when they visit High Park, the ravines of the Don River, or the Rouge Valley.

 

Forests are a cornerstone of Canadian life.  Everywhere, plants, microbes, birds, fish and a myriad of other creatures—including us—exist as part of a rich biological schema including forests. In Canada, forests sustain our culture, economy, spirituality, and livelihoods in ways that make this land and its people what they are.

 

Thirty-nine percent of Canada's land is forest, and this represents 9% of the world's total forests. The future is unwritten, but these numbers tell us that state of Canadian forests is a major variable in how climate change will play out worldwide.

 

Of course, it's a given that the changes we're already seeing—including severe wildfires, loss of ecological diversity, and the proliferation of invasive species that threaten tree populations—are expected to become more extreme in the coming years.

 

Adding to this, economic changes due to the pandemic, evolving consumer demands (for example, the decline of print newspapers and magazines), and international competition show that the preexisting commercial relationship between Canadian forests and people won't be the way of the future.

 

World Wildlife Day 2021 poster by Gabe Wong - Illustration of Indigenous people, plants, and animals from different cultures

 

Increasingly, many Canadians are recognizing what forests give them, and asking what they can do in return. To me, this year's World Wildlife Day theme (and this inspired illustration for the event by Gabe Wong) expresses a hope that our global communities are affirming their relationships with forests and finding constructive ways forward that honour our interdepedence.

 

What's happening right now in Canada to support this? Our country's issues are diverse and so multifaceted, but these are a few trends I've noticed recently:

 

Indigenous Forestry

Indigenous forest management systems offer expertise informed by thousands of years' experience working with this land. The most recent Canadian census reported that 70% of Indigenous people in Canada live in or near forests. (I've also seen similar statistics for other parts of the world, and globally.) Increasingly, Indigenous people are reclaiming portions of their original territories and asserting their right to participate in self-governance, including forest management.

 

Indigenous involvement in sustainable natural resource management is helping to bring socio-economic benefits to communities and maintain cultural, recreational, and spiritual connections to the land. As reported beautifully in the National Observer, residents of B.C.'s Tŝilhqot'in Nation are using clean energy to develop a new land, water, and wildlife management area, supporting self-determination within their communities.

 

Coastal Guardian Watchmen also provide a model for what responsible land stewardship can look like in Haida Gwaii.

 

It's exciting to see collaborative efforts undertaken to synergize traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and settlers' science-based understanding of nature as complementary information systems.

 

In a recent lecture, Indigenous scholar and assistant professor Myrle Ballard at the University of Manitoba described how Indigenous expertise can inform scientific work.

 

The viewpoint has also been expressed poetically in the best-selling Braiding Sweetgrass, by botanist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, who espouses radical gratitude to nature by asking that humans consider the question, 'What can I  give in return for the gifts of the earth?'

 

Designing for Forest Health

Landscape architects and horticulturalists are inventing and adapting design models that enhance vitality for people and forests.

 

Miyawaki Forests: Image of tree with captions: Stores carbon, Feeds life, Builds soil, Counters climate change, Cools heat island, Improves health, Cleans air, Dampens sound pollution, Intercepts rainfall, Offers habitat

 

Planting individual trees is great, but what if you could fast-track the growth of a mini forest community in your neighbourhood? CanPlant is piloting a new project on using the Miyawaki Forest technique to do just that in Canada.

 

Wise Use of New Technology

Emerging technologies have their place in this work:

 

Remote sensing and artifical intelligence can give us new eyes in the sky to monitor our expansive Boreal Forest for extreme wildfires.

 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and interpretitive web cartography are being used to understand and educate Canadians about the value of our northern peatlands.

 

Ex-situ conservation methods carried out in sterile labs are providing hope for at-risk species, with researchers developing tissue culture and seed banking methodologies to preserve genetically unique local flora.

 

Education

I think that Gen Z will grow up more attuned to ecological issues than any previous generation. One educational resource I noticed recently is this kid-friendly website, which includes a colouring book, advocating for the conservation of Wisqoq (Black Ash) populations in our eastern forests.

 

Black Ash

(Fraxinus nigra)

Black Ash is native to Eastern Canada and is used in traditional basket weaving. Populations are currently under threat due to the proliferation of Emerald Ash Borer.

 

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Black Ash

 

This blog post is a snapshot of my personal reflections, and I'm sure I don't have all the pieces of the puzzle. Maybe you have something to add about how Canadians and forests can work together, or where this is all going.  Do you know of something I should have mentioned here? Let us know!

 

For more information about World Wildlife Day events, which include a film festival, check out the offical website.

 

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By Christina Myrdal

 

What comes to mind when you think of a maple leaf? Maybe you feel a little extra patriotic. Perhaps it brings back memories of a fall hike through the lush orange and red foliage of a Sugar Maple forest. Or maybe it is the comfort of drizzling maple syrup onto your Sunday morning pancakes.

 

Speaking of maple syrup, here in eastern Canada we are known worldwide for our unique ability to produce loads of it. In fact, it may be what we are known best for as Canadians (other than our apologies and the use of the word ‘eh’). Large-scale maple syrup production is limited to a few provinces in eastern Canada where Sugar Maple hardwood forests dominate the natural landscape.

 

In Canada, Sugar Maple’s native range extends from southeastern Manitoba to Nova Scotia, and it is also native to the northeastern US. Sugar Maple is a unique species in that it requires freezing temperatures during the winter to initiate proper dormancy, followed by warm temperatures in the spring for adequate sap production. In addition, seed germination requires extremely low temperatures, around 1°C, which is the lowest of any known forest species. The climate of the northeastern US and eastern Canada provides this optimal temperature range and explains why these forests are so unique to this part of the world.

 

Now, let’s talk about syrup – one of the oldest agricultural products in North America. It is no wonder that the world’s biggest maple syrup producers (Quebec, Vermont, and Ontario) correspond with regions where Sugar Maple hardwood forests are extremely prevalent. Every year for a few short but productive weeks toward the end of winter, repeated freezing nights followed by warm days in the northeastern US and eastern Canada present the perfect environmental conditions for maple sap flow. Winter sap flow in maples is unique because process it is highly water and temperature dependent, as opposed to being triggered by spring leaf growth. Alternating temperatures between below and above freezing cause water in the tree’s stem to expand and contract, generating positive pressure in the stem that pushes sap up the tree and out of the nearest hole, such as a well-placed tap!

 

Winter sap flow occurs in all maple and sycamore (Platanus spp.) species, and a few others including Walnut (Juglans spp.) and Birch (Betula spp.). So, does this mean we can tap these trees too? The short answer is yes. Sugar Maple sap contains the highest sugar content of all maple species (~2-3% on average), so while other maples can be tapped for syrup, it takes more sap (and more effort) because there is less sugar by volume.   Recently, there is a growing Birch syrup industry in Alaska, Russia, and Scandinavia. Walnut tapping has also been experimented with in recent years, but I am not aware of any large-scale operations.  Overall, the most critical factor in determining whether different species are worth tapping is the taste of the result. As a maple syrup producer, I think I’ll stick with maples for now.

 

Interested in learning more about Sugar Maple? Check out its species profile here.

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Written by: Heather Schibli


The benefits of planting trees have been well documented. In fact, several cities have adopted policies to increase urban tree canopy percentages. However, these plantings are typically reserved to publicly owned lands. How can we best maximize the urban canopy? Planting individual trees helps, but what if we could reintroduce forests within our communities?

 

Trees perform one of the most effective strategies to counter the rise of carbon dioxide emissions by sequestering photosynthetic carbon. A recent study has found that the world’s forests sequestered about twice as much carbon dioxide as they emitted over the last two decades. And yet, over these same two decades, global forest cover diminished by 99,119,000 hectares. Many initiatives, inspired by global assessments of tree and forest capacity to curtail emissions, have been proposed to mitigate climate change through tree planting.

 

Miyawaki Forests (MF), small scale densely planted native urban forests, have been successfully grown on private properties in Japan and elsewhere for more than forty years. The Miyawaki Forest method of planting, named for the botanist who developed it,  encourages tree communities to grow upward and to share resources, while the dense structure dissuades human interference. This process of urban afforestation in tight spaces can accelerate climax forest establishment from 100+ years down to 20 years by skipping earlier stages of succession.

 

Consisting of late succession species planted into richly prepared soils, these forest plots boast a minimum diversity of 30 locally native species divided into four structural layer categories; Canopy trees, sub-canopy trees, arborescent trees (small understory trees), and shrubs.

 

The Miyawaki Method

 

Miyawaki Forests are not replacements for our natural forests, but rather, a means to reforest urban and ecologically degraded settings that in turn provide:

 

• Added greenery

• Improved air quality

• Surface stormwater runoff mitigation

• A counter to heat island effect

• Habitat

• And a reduction in noise pollution.


With support from the Landscape Architecture Foundation of Canada (LACF), and in partnership with Carolinian Canada Coalition and Green Venture, CanPlant is piloting a study on Miyawaki Forest establishment in Canada. Our study is well timed! Not only do trees abate climate change, they also benefit human health.

 

There is a growing body of research that supports the link between connections with nature and human wellbeing. This has become increasingly apparent during 2020 with the implementation of ‘lock-down’ policies to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Trends in Canada point to loneliness, anxiety and/or lethargy linked to isolation and increased indoor time. Subsequently, Canadians who reported having more exercise outdoors benefited from better mental health. This is consistent with trends in Europe, and the argument that COVID-19 should be the impetus for creating more green space in urban areas.

 

Our climate and biodiversity crises stem in part from our manipulation of the landscape. Be it extracting crude oil, introducing invasive species, or flattening forests, our profound alteration of our planet’s landscapes has led to astonishing outcomes. It is time we reintroduce what has been stripped by replanting our forests in an effort to heal from the ecological trauma we have caused.

 

Whether grown in public or private spaces, establishing Miyawaki Forests could be part of this solution. It is our hope that this pilot study will help launch a movement of these urban forest plantings across Canada.

 

Successes attributed to MFs include rapid growth and self-sustenance post establishment period. The proven successes of MF establishment, health, vigour, and longevity have inspired CanPlant to assist various environmental organizations test and implement Miyawaki Forest theories and practices in Canada.

 

If you or someone you know is considering planting a Miyawaki Forest, let us know! We would love to collaborate!

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Written by: Christina Myrdal

 

Known for its sweet sap and brightly coloured leaves in the fall, Sugar Maple is an abundant and ecologically unique species in the hardwood forests of eastern North America.

 

Sugar Maple is a relatively slow-growing, large shade tree that can grow in a variety of habitats, from forest/woodland to meadows and savannahs. This species is fairly sensitive to pollution, drought and salt, and grows best where soil water is abundant to facilitate sap production.

 

Sugar Maple leaves are palmate with five lobes and its flowers are yellowish-green, long-stalked dropping clusters. It can often be confused for Norway Maple (Acer platanoides), a non-native species, however Norway Maple has white sap which can be observed by pulling a leaf off at the petiole.  Here are some additional facts about Sugar Maple:

  • Form: Tree (deciduous)
  • Size: 20-35 m tall
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun to full shade
  • Soil: Sand, Loam, Humus enriched
  • Habitat: Forest, Woodland, Savannah, Forest Edge, Prairie/Meadow/Field, Riparian
  • Canadian Distribution: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (see map)

 

Sugar Maple

(Acer saccharum)

 

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Sugar Maple is unique in that it requires cold winter temperatures, well below freezing, for proper dormancy. It also requires a very low temperature to initiate seed germination, approximately 1°C on average, which is the lowest of any other forest species. Its requirement for cold winters and warm summers is why it is so prevalent in eastern Canada and the northeastern US. Warming temperatures in recent years due to climate change are threatening more southern distribution of Sugar Maple that rely on these cold winters, which over time may lead to a northern shift in its geographical range.   This could potentially have devastating economic impacts to the US maple syrup industry.

 

Sugar Maple has always been an important economic asset to Canada, with Quebec and Ontario being two of the largest maple syrup producers worldwide. During the 2019 season, Quebec alone harvested 12 million gallons of syrup (that’s about 480 million gallons of sap!) It is no wonder why Canada is world-renowned for our maple products.

 

If you live in Ontario, you may be interested to know that you can find the oldest known Sugar Maple in Pelham (Niagara Region) at Comfort Maple Conservation Area. The trunk is a whopping 6 metres in diameter, and it is estimated to be between 400 and 500 years old!

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Written by: Summer Graham

 

The UN has declared the years 2021-2030 the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems and restore them to a natural state. This ambitious undertaking will contribute to achieving global goals set to enhance livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop biodiversity loss and collapse.

 

Healthy ecosystems like forests, wetlands, and mangroves contribute to the halting and reversal of climate change, absorbing up to one third of global CO2 emissions. With a projected global population of 9 billion by 2050, healthier ecosystems will allow us to feed growing populations without removing more natural features from the landscape. Restoration also has potential to create sustainable, green jobs which will be essential for the recovery and creation of sustainable societies post-COVID-19 global pandemic. In addition to these benefits to humans, almost 1 million plant and animal species on the brink of extinction can be brought back by restoring healthy habitats for them to thrive in.

 

 Currently, 57 countries, subnational governments, and private organizations have committed to start restoring over 170 million hectares of land within the decade. A variety of landscapes and ecosystems will be targeted including farmlands, forests, waters, mountains, grasslands, peatlands, and urban areas. The 10 actions highlighted for the decade of restoration work include:

 

  • Empower a global movement
  • Finance restoration on the ground
  • Set the right incentives
  • Celebrate leadership
  • Shift behaviours
  • Invest in research
  • Build up capacity
  • Celebrate a future of restoration
  • Build up the next generation
  • Listen and learn

 

Read, watch, and explore the resources below to learn more about the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and visit https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/ to learn how you can get involved!

 

Read:

IUCN - Decade on Ecosytem Restoration 

Rainforest Partnership - 2021-2030 Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, UN Announces 

Decade on Restoration - Tree planting crash course 

 

Watch:

Webinar on the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration

10 years to Heal the Planet

The Morton Arboretum, what is ecological restoration? 

 
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Written by: Summer Graham

 

Did you know you can use CanPlant to create customized species lists for your native plant projects? Once you set up an account using your email address, you can view, edit, and add species to your saved lists, and export them as either a PDF including species details and photos, or as an Excel file.

 

After you use our filter feature to find species with the attributes you are looking for, our customizable plant lists help you keep track of and sort species for any application you can think of! Here are just some of the many ways you can make use of the species list feature on CanPlant to help you get inspired:

 

  • Making a list for shopping at your local native plant garden center (start in the winter and be ready to go when spring comes around!);
  • Creating lists of common and available species for restoration projects;
  • Keeping track of native garden species for planting by habitat type (eg. Pollinator garden, boulevard planting, wetland/wet meadow restoration);
  • Make a list of rapidly establishing native species to stabilize a recently cleared area;
  • Creating study sets to help learn and review species names and ID;
  • Keep a list of species you identified in a natural area you visited;
  • Create a “wish list” of native species you are looking for as donations towards a low budget or charity planting project;
  • Help a friend or neighbour make a list of native species to replace non-native/invasive species in their garden;
  • Create a “watch list” of unwanted invasive species in your province;
  • Develop a list of “acceptable species” to distribute to homeowners adjacent to a sensitive natural area;
  • And so much more!

 

TIP: If you are going to create multiple lists, make sure to give each a unique name and use the “description” section to add a brief note on what the list will be used for!

 

Now that you have some inspiration for creating species lists in CanPlant, head to our species page and start planning your next native species planting today! 

 

 

 

 
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