The Project Forest Nutrien Forest is a 17-hectare site located at Nutrien’s Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta nitrogen plant. The forest sits atop a reclaimed gypstack, a huge pile of phosphogypsum that has been contoured, covered with soil and seeded to a grass mixture, then planted with trees. This unique forest is made up of Okanese poplar, a fast-growing poplar hybrid that will sequester carbon at a high rate. We project the forest will remove 8,500 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime.
In June 2023, Project Forest planted 26,100 Okanese poplar on the reclaimed gypstack. This forest is made possible through the support of our land and funding partner, Nutrien Ltd, as well as our partners at Trees for Life with funding from the Government of Canada’s 2 Billion Trees program.
Together, our organizations are creating new and innovative solutions by harnessing the power of forests and all their associated benefits. We are removing carbon from the atmosphere, providing habitat for animals, improving water and soil quality and building a roadmap for other companies to look to when trying to solve their own environmental challenges.
Through their partnership with Project Forest, our industrial land partners can make a lasting positive impact where they work, live and play.