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SNEAK PEEK: Could shelterbelts prove critical in Saskatchewan?

August 23, 2017
By Top Crop Manager

After the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Centre kicked off its shelterbelt program in 1903, the Indian Head Research Station sent out more than one billion free trees to western Canadian producers.

Laroque’s research team near a downed shelterbelt tree.

The stream of free trees slowed to a trickle, then dried up completely in 2012 and 2013 when the Harper Government dismantled the program.

But the trees could be coming back – if their carbon sequestration potential is recognized under a carbon tax credit scheme. The carbon storage potential of shelterbelt trees is very real….

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