Dis­tri­bu­tion of free trees by MCI

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Ma­gog

Mem­phrem­a­gog Con­ser­va­tion Inc. (MCI) will be dis­tribut­ing, for free, more than 2.400 trees in Austin, Ma­gog and Stanstead Town­ship, con­tin­u­ing its re­for­est­ing ef­forts in the Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog wa­ter­shed, which is an im­mense water reser­voir pro­vid­ing drink­ing water to 170,000 res­i­dents.

This is the eighth year that MCI has or­ga­nized a tree dis­tri­bu­tion in three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of the wa­ter­shed of Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog, to pro­mote the im­por­tance of forests in this im­por­tant ecosys­tem. MCI is do­ing this in sup­port of its Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gram aimed at natural land­scapes in the wa­ter­shed. By dis­tribut­ing trees, MCI is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to re­for­est their land, to pre­serve ex­ist­ing for­est cover and gen­er­ally to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of trees and forests. In fact, pro­tect­ing forests achieves a num­ber of ob­jec­tives: habi­tat pro­tec­tion, pro­tec­tion of natural land­scapes, soil con­ser­va­tion, main­te­nance of bio­di­ver­sity, cli­mate reg­u­la­tion, car­bon se­ques­tra­tion, and, of pri­or­ity im­por­tance to MCI, main­te­nance of the qual­ity of the water of Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog by im­prov­ing the fil­tra­tion of pol­lu­tants and pre­vent­ing shore­line ero­sion and the trans­port of sed­i­ments into the lake.

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