A young entrepreneur wants to help mines reforest their sites

A young entrepreneur wants to help mines reforest their sites
A young entrepreneur wants to help mines reforest their sites

With his young company Plantation Solo, David Couture wants to contribute to the rehabilitation and restoration of mining sites.

The Val-d’Or reforester’s project caught the attention of the jury during the OSEntreprendre Gala on April 25, where he won the prize in the Business Services category.

David Couture, who has 16 years of experience as a reforester, has chosen to go into business on his own in the summer of 2023.

With the specific needs of the mining industry, he sees an interesting opportunity to develop his business.

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Through its operations, David Couture also wishes to develop more varied reforestation concepts, focused on species that absorb more heavy metals.

He has also developed a project in this direction with the Wesdome company, while this fall he will embark on the reforestation of the banks around the Kiena mine in Val-d’Or.

Normally, the plans are made by a forest engineer, but in this case, they let me develop it, he explains. I proposed various species to plant and they accepted the project, which also aims to bring back avian fauna. Because it’s rocky and it doesn’t grow well, we first want to bring species that are pioneers into a forest, like willow and alder, to generate organic matter, so that the forest then can be established there.

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David Couture, who also operates a greenhouse on his property in Vassan, has been a reforester for more than 15 years.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Marc-André Landry

The project will extend over two years, and it plans to plant 4,500 shrubs and 500 trees.

We will adjust next year based on what has survived, specifies the young entrepreneur. I was inspired by what was done around the Manic dam, which looked like a lunar territory. They experimented at the time with willow and alder. They would take a core sample and put a rock on top and hope it would grow. Decades later, the forest has taken over and the soil has completely changed.

David Couture of course wants his business project to be profitable, but he also sees it as a mission to help mines in their site rehabilitation efforts.

“It’s something that’s close to my heart,” he says. I planted in British Columbia and saw different types of plantings, where there could be up to five different species per plot. In Quebec, we do a lot of monoculture. I’m a little tired of this. I find it more interesting to mix and plant a forest that is closer to the natural forest that was there before.

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