Parsons Creek is an 815ha residential subdivision, designed to house 25,000 people. That is over a quarter of Fort McMurray's current population. The price of oil slumped in September 2015 from $107USD per barrel to £38USD per barrel the project was halted. Leaving the area with some infrastructure ready, but otherwise a barren area of land. As the land was cleared of forest (fuel) for Parsons Creek, the northwestern suburbs of Fort McMurray were somewhat accidentally protected from the devastating 2016 Horse River Wildfire.
The benefits of the boreal forest to humans are unseen. Just as the name's origin from the Latin Borealis, denotes the god of the north wind, the exchange occurs in the wind as the air is filtered, carbon stored into the frozen ground and recycled.
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