Earth Day Tree Give­away re­turns

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity’s an­nual Earth Day Tree Give­away will be held April 27 start­ing at 10 a.m.

This year marks the event’s 20year an­niver­sary tak­ing place at Gray’s Creek Con­ser­va­tion Area and Ma­rina Com­plex at 18045 County Road 2, Corn­wall.

To cel­e­brate, 2,000 free trees will be given away and at­ten­dees are in­vited to join the RRCA for a BBQ lunch and cake.

Lo­cal ven­dors and part­ners will also be in at­ten­dance with booths to join in on the cel­e­bra­tion.

“We look for­ward to our an­nual Earth Day Tree Give­away where we can an­swer any ques­tions the pub­lic may have about their up­com­ing tree plant­ing projects. We hope the 10 free white spruce given out to the first 200 house­holds in at­ten­dance helps kick start their prop­erty en­hance­ments this year,” says Nor­mand Génier, RRCA’s Forestry Spe­cial­ist.

Re­cov­ery

As a limited quan­tity of trees will be avail­able, they will be dis­trib­uted on a first-come, first­served ba­sis.

Whether you are planning a wind­break, want to at­tract more wildlife, or sim­ply add to your ex­ist­ing land­scape, trees pro­vide nu­mer­ous es­thetic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits.

“With the loss of ash trees in the re­gion due to the in­va­sive emer­ald ash borer and over­all for­est cover loss, the Earth Day Tree Give­away pro­vides an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to pick up some re­place­ments and im­prove lo­cal for­est cover,” adds Mr. Génier.

The RRCA of­fers tree plant­ing sub­si­dies for landown­ers with greater than one hectare (2.5 acres) of open land.

The RRCA has part­nered with Forests On­tario un­der the 50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram, which aims to plant 50 mil­lion trees in On­tario by the year 2025. The pro­gram of­fers trees and the RRCA’s full-ser­vice pro­gram at a re­duced rate.

El­i­gi­ble landown­ers may re­ceive up to 75 per cent cov­er­age of to­tal plant­ing costs through the Pro­gram.

Visit rrca.on.ca for more in­for­ma­tion.

While the trees, food, and re­fresh­ments are free, do­na­tions will be ac­cepted on-site. Larger pot­ted trees will also be avail­able for pur­chase.

There will also be a silent auc­tion for do­nated items from var­i­ous lo­cal busi­nesses.

The funds from do­na­tions, pot­ted tree sales, and the silent auc­tion will be al­lo­cated to­wards the RRCA’s forestry pro­grams.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Nor­mand Génier, Forestry Spe­cial­ist, (613) 938-3611 ext. 228, nor­mand.ge­[email protected]

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