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McMaster Carbon Sink Forest

Establish A Model Forest with McMaster

Work with us to establish a model forest that will sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide and help us work towards strategies that will mitigate the effects of climate change.

McMaster Carbon Sink Forest is designed to facilitate maximum carbon sink capabilities of native trees while also taking into consideration promoting and preserving biodiversity, sustainability and conservations.

Established on a one-hectare plot beside McMaster Forest lands in west Hamilton, McMaster Carbon Sink Forest is accessible by walking, biking, public transit, or car.

Education and Research Value

McMaster Carbon Sink Forest is an excellent example and living proof of McMaster University’s excellence in environmental teaching, research and mostly importantly community engagement. It will provide numerous opportunities for collaboration with research groups, public and private organizations and individuals interested in environmental causes and climate change.

Observations of the forest pre- and post-planting will create opportunities for student engagement and future research projects in the carbon cycle, biogeochemistry, hydrology, biodiversity, biological, geographic, and remote sensing studies, and forest ecosystem and human health studies.

McMaster University is committed to working towards Canada’s net zero emissions by 2050 goal and dedicated to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Tree Species for McMaster Carbon Sink Forest

White Pine Sugar Maple Yellow Birch
White Pine Sugar Maple Yellow Birch
White Spruce American Basswood Silver Maple
White Spruce American Basswood Silver Maple
White Oak American Tulip Eastern White Cedar
White Oak American Tulip Eastern White Pine
Red Oak American Beech American Elm
Red Oak American Beech American Elm
Red Maple
Red Maple

Expandable List

  • McMaster Carbon Sink Forest trees will be native species well adapted to the climate in the Great Lakes region. They will have capabilities to sustain their growth and health in future climates; expect to have warmer temperatures and more extreme weather events.
  • McMaster Carbon Sink Forest will provide many benefits to our community and its members, for example:
  • McMaster Carbon Sink Forest will reduce the urban heat island effect, improve local air quality, enhance infiltration to reduce surface runoff, soil erosion and flooding, and become a sanctuary and habitat for birds, insects and small animals.
  • McMaster Carbon Sink Forest will provide numerous health benefit to people too. Reducing stress, anxiety levels and blood pressure, increasing cortisol levels and aiding in faster healing from disease and improved mental health.
  • McMaster Carbon Sink Forest will provide many opportunities for experiential learning, teaching, research and student and community engagement and outreach.
  • McMaster Carbon Sink Forest will build on the ongoing research and knowledge acquired at McMaster University’s internationally renowned Turkey Point Observatory (TPO) near Turkey Point and Long Point Provincial Parks at Lake Erie in Southern Ontario.
  • Since 2002, carbon sink capabilities of different-age and different-species forests and crops are being studied. See Turkey Point Observatory for more information on this important and ongoing research.

Collaborators

Presented in collaboration with McMaster and community organizations, including:

  • Nature at McMaster
  • Trees for Hamilton
  • McMaster Centre for Climate Change
  • McMaster Academic Sustainability Program

Landowner Appreciation

The McMaster Centre for Climate Change (MCCC) would like to thank and acknowledge Mark Tamminga and Bill Walker for their help and assistance with this project. Their generosity in allowing their property to be used for the development of a carbon sink forest is greatly appreciated by McMaster University and the MCCC.

Turkey Point Observatory

This initiative will build on the ongoing research and knowledge acquired at McMaster University’s internationally renowned Turkey Point Observatory (TPO) near Turkey Point and Long Point Provincial Parks at Lake Erie in Southern Ontario.

Since 2002, research at TPO has examined carbon sink capabilities of different-age and different-species forests and crops to fully understand their responses to future climate change and extreme weather events.

TPO is part of several global networks such as Global Fluxnet and Global Water Futures and its datasets are openly shared for use by the global community. More than 100 peer-reviewed papers have been published using TPO data in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Nature, Global Change Biology, and Agriculture and Forest Meteorology.

Apart from studying biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles, the TPO project is also exploring different forest management strategies that can enhance carbon uptake, water use efficiency and sustainable development. It’s also looking at the use of these forests in future climates and helping in developing integrated biogeochemical and hydrologic models that can be applied at catchment scale for water resources, ecosystem conservation and carbon managements studies in Canada and internationally.

Knowledge acquired from the TPO project will be used to provide guiding scientific principles for the design, implementation, monitoring and sustainability of McMaster Carbon Sink Forest

Learn more about research taking place by McMaster’s Hydrometeorology and Climatology Group.

Aerial view of McMaster Carbon Sink Forest