Moose Jaw’s Tree of Sig­nif­i­cance 2018

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What would Moose Jaw’s ur­ban space be with­out trees?

In Cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional For­est Week, the hon­our of be­ing this year’s “Tree of Sig­nif­i­cance” has been awarded by the City of Moose Jaw. The City’s Tree of Sig­nif­i­cance pro­gram en­cour­ages res­i­dents to take no­tice of and ap­pre­ci­ate our lo­cal Ur­ban For­est, as well as bring­ing aware­ness to a tree of spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance in our city, said Sarah Re­gent, City Park’s Gar­dener.

This year’s Tree of Sig­nif­i­cance is lo­cated on the Saskatchewan Polytech­nic cam­pus. The large Tatar­ian maple is a rare species and was hon­oured specif­i­cally this spring to dis­play red dresses as part of the RE­Dress Ex­hibit that was part of the Atamiskākēwak Na­tional Gath­er­ing held in April. In­di­vid­u­als are en­cour­aged to ap­pre­ci­ate the trees that beau­tify our ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment as green­ery in the spring/sum­mer months and a myr­iad of reds, golds and cop­per dur­ing this fall sea­son. Even in win­ter, trees are beau­ti­ful with their branches stretched forth in bar­ren grace­ful­ness, gilded in frost.

They not only give us pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments by cool­ing streets in the city, they help to re­duce en­ergy de­mand in homes dur­ing sum­mer months. Trees help to ab­sorb pol­lu­tants and pro­vide oxy­gen, help soil ero­sion and save wa­ter in the soil around them, block noise pol­lu­tion and pro­vide a habi­tat for wildlife. They are in­valu­able in im­prov­ing our men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing by help­ing to de­crease blood pres­sure and stress lev­els, while pro­vid­ing great places for groups to gather to­gether as in parks. When it comes to dol­lars and sense, they in­crease prop­erty val­ues.

Trees of Sig­nif­i­cance have been awarded since the pro­gram’s in­cep­tion in 2011 and can be seen on the City of Moose Jaw’s web­site: https://moose­­ti­cul­ture/tree-of-sig­nif­i­cance/tree-of­sig­nif­i­cance.

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