Bentall Kennedy is one of North America’s largest real estate investment advisors. The company has more than 100 years of history, serves the interests of more than 550 institutional clients, and provides employment for more than 1,000 professionals.
In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Bentall Kennedy sponsored tree planting efforts at nine different locations during the spring and summer of 2012, including seven sites in Ontario, one in Manitoba and another in Seattle, Washington. All plantings were administered by Forest Recovery Canada with field work completed by five of Forest Recovery Canada’s national partners. In total, 25,000 trees and shrubs were planted as a result of Bentall Kennedy’s support. Over their lifetime, these trees will sequester 26,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and produce 6,000 tonnes of oxygen.
The sites were planted in the spring and summer of 2012 with species selection dictated by local site conditions and the objectives for the site. Most sites were planted with the long-term objective of obtaining a natural and diverse forest. As well, the sites were located in highly fragmented landscapes and the reclamation of these sites to forest will have the added benefit of enhancing the connectivity of the natural environment which will enhance the resiliency of the forests to the effects of climate change.