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Khowutzun Freegro TreeShelters (KFT) are proudly made by members of the Cowichan Tribes at our manufacturing facility located within the Khowutzun Development Corporation building in Duncan, BC. Cowichan Tribes are the most populous First Nation in BC, with nine reserves spanning nearly 2,400 hectares in the Duncan and North Cowichan regions. Forestry plays a significant role in the economic development of our region and we are proud to be key players in creating significant employment opportunities for our communities, as well as the revitalization and protection of our forests and managed lands.


Khowutzun Freegro Tree Shelters can be reused multiple times on successive plantations with a design that makes them easy to handle, store, install and remove, giving them an average lifespan of 15 years. The unit compacts to less than one-third the size of similar tube-like shelters which significantly reduces manufacturing, transport, and labour costs. We provide a durable and sustainable seedling protector product with operational advantages that save forest companies and landowners over 25% on browse protection costs.

Following the logging of a forested area, tree seedlings are planted to restore the natural habitat of these lands. Due to an imbalance of predator-prey species in many regions, these seedlings can be susceptible to increased animal browse pressure. Our tree shelters were created to help protect seedlings from all kinds of animal browse and were designed with extensive research and innovation to provide superior, reliable results.

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are also an effective climate change adaptation and mitigation tool, reducing hydric stress by capping air flow and keeping shelter temperatures lower than ambient air during peak temperatures. This process allows the seedlings protected by KFT shelters to grow root hairs capable of successfully foraging for reduced soil moisture, enabling them to withstand longer periods of drought and decreasing rates of plantation mortality. 

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Our exclusive Friction Grip Clip design remains fully secured to the support stake at all times, ensuring shelters are always windfirm and sturdy, and without losing tension over time.

We are proud to offer an exceptional product that results in enhanced tree growth, lower costs, increased timber yields and values, and improved carbon sequestration rates.


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