The Bring Back the Boreal Project concluded on March 31, 2019. Information related to the project may be out of date but will remain accessible here for reference. For the most up-to-date information, click here.

Parks Canada is not addressing the challenge of restoring the Boreal forest alone. Collaboration is fundamental to addressing Boreal forest restoration at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Several institutions, businesses, organizations and community groups have contributed to the Bring Back the Boreal project.

Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources

The Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR), Cape Breton's Mi'kmaq voice on natural resources and the environment, has played a key role in overall project planning and in coordinating moose reduction harvester activities in a pilot area on North Mountain on behalf of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.


tentree, a Canadian clothing company that plants 10 trees internationally for every product they sell, has worked with Parks Canada to plant 47,000 trees on the Skyline Trail as part of Boreal forest restoration initiatives. They have also helped to raise awareness of the project across the country through social media and by developing a Bring Back the Boreal product line.

Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University, has been contributing to Parks Canada's monitoring and research activities related to the Bring Back the Boreal project, and has assisted in planting trees to help restore the forest.

Bird Studies Canada

Bird Studies Canada is working with the park to monitor Bicknell’s thrush, a bird species dependent on the Boreal forest.

Big Spruce Brewing

Big Spruce Brewing a Nova Scotia craft brewery, has helped to promote the project in Cape Breton and in Halifax through social media and by distributing Bring Back the Boreal coasters to several establishments.


Several groups and organizations have helped by planting trees, including Nova Scotia Community College, Nikani Awtiken Youth Camp, university students and 11 community schools from four school boards in Cape Breton (Cape Breton - Victoria, Strait Regional, Mi’kmaw Kinamatnewey, and CSAP). Park visitors have also played a role by volunteering their time to plant trees.