The Real Forest
EcoStay Motherland Forest is a masterpiece reforestation project, providing a unique parkland of carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, education and cultural heritage. Located in western Canada and exclusively supported by EcoStay member hotels and tourism industry sponsors, this parkland will be one of the most important collaborative reforestation projects in the country, and one of the first to be awarded the world-renowned Gold Standard certification for environmental projects and transparency. The project will restore 55 hectares, or about 90 football fields, of degraded land with native boreal species trees that will sequester an estimated 120,000 tonnes of carbon over the next 50 years, or the equivalent emissions of approximately 480 billion kilometers of car travel.
Complete with a motorist rest stop, walking path, and educational signage the project will endow the Western provinces with a truly unique eco-destination. Orchestrated to visibly represent a major aboriginal symbol of regeneration, the planting will be modelled after a commissioned illustration by celebrated Canadian aboriginal artist Bill Helin.
The Turtle has a great significance to numerous Aboriginal Coastal and land based Nations of our planet. Some recognize the seasons from the designs and sections on their shells. The shell also represents the strength of the people as tribes, and their long migration routes display their ability to survive and endure. Helin’s interpretation is designed from a north coastal Tlingit/Tsimshian style of mythology, that is a round Mother Earth spirit and a small embryo shape, ovoid, that represents survival and respect of future generations. Within the shell are many Nations unified as one earthly tribe.
EcoStay’s Motherland initiative promises to unite millions of travelers from around the globe. Guest staying at participating hotels can be recognized personally as they join other in leaving a legacy of nature and beauty for generations to come. Plant your tree now!