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This First Nation in Alberta is fighting climate change with rows and rows of trees – CBC

Oct 23, 2023

Next spring about 40 km of shelterbelts will be planted in Siksika Nation

A First Nation in southern Alberta is bringing back an old innovation, with the hopes it’ll help them cope with climate change on the Prairies.

Siksika Nation will see shelterbelts planted throughout the community, which are rows of trees planted on the perimeter of properties.

Shelterbelts serve many purposes, including being a natural wind barrier, and capturing moisture in the soil.

The community is teaming up with Project Forest, an Edmonton-based non-profit organization whose mission is to rewild parts of Alberta. They receive funding from various corporations.

Eldon Weasel Child, a Blackfoot knowledge keeper, says he has seen a lot of changes in his community over the years, and is hopeful that shelterbelts can help revitalize the environment in Siksika.

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