Greater Sudbury’s internationally acclaimed environmental regreening effort to heal its industrially-scarred landscape has hit the 40-year mark.
The program, launched in 1978, put the city on the map as an environmental leader in miraculously transforming the area from a mostly tree-less moonscape to a lush landscape.
In that four-decade span, more than 3,400 hectares of barren land has been treated with crushed agricultural limestone and almost 10 million seedlings have been replanted by the city’s Regreening Program.
Continuous improvements in smelter technologies and processes since the early 1970s by the city’s major mining companies resulted in extensive reductions of sulfur dioxide and heavy metal deposition to the environment.
These reductions worked in tandem with municipal regreening efforts to allow the ecological recovery to begin on the roughly 80,000 hectares of affected land. The anniversary was celebrated at the Northern Water Sports Centre in Sudbury on May 1.
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