Canadian Natural Resources Limited is celebrating a big milestone in its land reclamation.
On Thursday, the one-millionth tree was planted at its Horizon oilsands project north of Fort McMurray.
Since 2009, reclamation efforts have covered 735 hectares at its oilsands mine and upgrading operations – while 1300 hectares of continuous forest at Horizon is being re-established.
In an email to Mix News, the company says Horizon has also created the first compensation lake in the oilsands region, which was developed working together with local Indigenous groups.
“The lake is a self-sustaining ecosystem with a variety of fish and plant species, creating value for future generations. We are proud to have reached an important milestone on August 16 with the planting of Horizon’s one-millionth reclamation tree near compensation lake.”
Since 2009, reclamation efforts have covered 735 hectares – for perspective, about 900 football fields in size. This one-millionth tree is a symbol of that work. pic.twitter.com/ZJBOi9dscz
— Marg McCuaig-Boyd (@MargMcCuaigBoyd) August 16, 2018
CNRL adds this work is part of their detailed plan to minimize their environmental footprint.