Daniel Buron, Domtar’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, removes invasive buckthorn from an urban forest with his wife, Jeanne.[/caption]
Recently, more than 70 volunteers gathered in Parc Thomas-Chapais, a community park and urban forest in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough of Montreal. Community organizations are working together to revitalize and restore the urban forest by removing invasive plants and collecting trash.
Guided by SCA leaders, Domtar employee volunteers and their families set out to cut back invasive buckthorn. The plant was originally brought to Canada as an ornamental shrub, but now has spread throughout Montreal’s forests, crowding out the iconic sugar maple and other native Canadian trees.
Some volunteers shoveled larger specimens out by the root, while the youngest participants pulled out small plants by hand. Volunteers from the Maria Luisa Foundation joined Domtar volunteers to complete the project.