Reforesting After Insect Outbreaks in British Columbia, Canada
- BRITISH COLUMBIA
Bringing Back Forests Destroyed By Insects
How Do Pests and Diseases Cause Land Degradation?
Restoring Degraded Land After an Infestation: Land Life's Approach
Land Life Project: British Columbia, Canada
In 2017, land owned by the McLeod Indian Band in British Columbia suffered extensively due to a beetle infestation that destroyed over 3,700 hectares of tribal reserve land. Since 2022, Land Life has been working to restore this region.
Native tree species
- 01Diseased trees clearing
Sequestered over 40 years
Restoring degraded land after an infestation: Land Life's approach to tackling pests and diseases
Land Life started working in British Columbia on land held by the McLeod Indian Band treaty in 2022. We partnered with McLeod Lake Indian Band, learning from and following their deep knowledge of the land, to help restore degraded land due to a massive beetle infestation in 2017, which destroyed over 3,700 hectares of tribal land. Land Life's strategy involved preparing the land, to then plant diverse native species (a total of around 6 million trees) in its place. This mix of tree species will create a resilient forest in the face of future pests and diseases. Land Life's high-integrity nature restoration projects prioritize quality and efficiency while protecting landowners from the project's risks and economic investments.
Revitalizing the Sub-Boreal Sprice zone
Maintaining this corridor of wildlife movement in this remote ecoregion guarantees a home for thousands of species.
Preserving precious and diverse wildlife
Securing connective migration corridors and allowing local wildlife to prosper, such as the woodland caribou, moose, grizzly bear, and red fox.
Passing on ecological knowledge and resources for generations
These lands will be protected in perpetuity for the health and resilience of the tribal organization, the McLeod Lake Indian Band.
Who did we work with?
Planting and implementation – Integrated vegetation management (IVM) solutions provider. Experts in vegetation management, forest management, and reforestation.
Spectrum Resource Group
Seedling sourcing– Investment in the local nurseries to assist in building up the capacity.
Landowners– The land is held by this tribal land through the McLeod Lake Indian Band Treaty No. 8 Adhesion and Settlement Agreement.
McLeod Lake Indian Band
Other Land Types
Case studies according to different land types and degradation causes.