Get Free trees this week­end

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

To cel­e­brate Tree Day com­ing up on May 30th, Mem­phrem­a­gog Con­ser­va­tion Inc. will be giv­ing away 2,400 trees at three dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions over the week­end. We can­not sur­vive with­out trees: they ab­sorb the car­bon diox­ide in the air and give off the oxy­gen that keeps us alive; trees help to keep the earth cool and they mod­er­ate the earth’s rain­fall; and many life-sav­ing drugs have ac­tive in­gre­di­ents that come from trees. Ev­ery day, we ei­ther use or eat some­thing that came from a tree, and trees pro­vide food, shel­ter and wa­ter to many other an­i­mals and or­gan­isms as well. On av­er­age, one de­cid­u­ous tree will ab­sorb ten kilo­grams of car­bon diox­ide a year.

With this dis­tri­bu­tion of trees, MCI would like to en­cour­age peo­ple to re-plant, pre­serve ex­ist­ing forests and pro­mote the im­por­tance of trees and forests. Pro­tect­ing our forests has sev­eral ob­jec­tives: habi­tat pro­tec­tion; land­scape pro­tec­tion; soil con­ser­va­tion; main­tain­ing bio­di­ver­sity, cli­mate reg­u­la­tion; car­bon se­ques­tra­tion; and the pro­tec­tion of lake wa­ter qual­ity. The types of trees avail­able are: Yel­low Birch, Cherry, Red Oak, Burr Oak, Sugar Maple, White Pine, Red Pine, White Spruce and Larch.

The trees will be avail­able at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions: Austin, May 30th, 9:00 am to noon, De­pan­neur Marché Austin; Stanstead Town­ship, May 30th, 9:00 am to noon, Forand Park in Fitch Bay; and in Ma­gog, May 31, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, In­ter­pre­ta­tion Cen­tre of Cherry River marsh.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 819 340-8721 or email info@mem­phrem­a­gog.org.

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