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Cities turn to urban forests to combat climate change

"Halifax is mitigating the effects of climate change by making it easier for people to get lost in the woods – within city limits.

Backed by funding from all three government levels and fundraising through the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the city is building the Halifax Wilderness Park, a 380-acre tract of Acadian forest, just five kilometres from downtown.

The $8-million project provides ecological and recreational value, says Richard Harvey, manager of policy and planning for the municipality’s parks and recreation programs.

“We hope it changes the way people look at where they live, so they see themselves as more connected to nature within the city.”

The park, with woods of jack pine trees and broom crowberry shrubs, is part of a trend of cities around the world trying to literally shift the ground to combat the negative effects of climate change."

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