Caring for Land

Greening Ontario Highways Vineland Research

Planting trees along roadways and urban environments, why does it matter?

Trees help to create a healthy planet which leads to healthier Ontarians. By 2030 only 10% of the world’s forest cover will be remaining at our current rate of cutting. Highway greening and urban forestry research is just two ways Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is making an impact on the environment and improving the lives of Ontarians. 

Highway greening or planting trees along roadways is an important factor in reducing carbon dioxide- a by-product of vehicle emissions which reduces the ozone layer. Through highway greening we can help counteract global warming. For instance, a group of 500 trees absorbs enough carbon dioxide to make up for one car being driven 20,000 km in one year.