"We are very proud we were able to complete the tree planting program this year with zero injuries. Even though it is very rough terrain and the work is highly physical, the tree planters did a great job working safe”
Syncrude Canada has hit a new milestone when it comes to planting trees and shrubs.
The company in Northern Alberta announced on Aug 21 that they’ve now planted over 11 million across their reclamation sites.
Tree planting began May 20 with 22 people working on the program, 16 of whom were tree planters and the rest support crews who supervised and transported trees to various spots located north of the Syncrude’s North Mine. Towards the end of the season, the tree planting crew grew to about 30 to ensure that the program was finished by June 21.
More than 400 hectares were planted this year and the remaining area placed with soils are planned to be covered in the spring of 2021.
“To continue reclamation is the right thing to do,” said Eric Girard, Syncrude’s vegetation specialist
Syncrude plans on planting more trees around their north mine in 2021.