Cornwall Ontario — The Raisin Region Conservation Authority is once again inviting the public to join them in celebrating Earth Day. Thanks to RBC’s Blue Water Project, ten conifer seedlings per family will be given to two hundred local residents who would like to beautify their home as well as contribute to the environment. Due to the high demand in previous years, we are unable to reserve any trees. They will be distributed on a “first come – first serve” basis. “RBC is proud to partner to support RRCA and their important Earth Day initiative as it is the perfect example of how we can take a grass roots approach to help foster the culture of water stewardship,” says Johanne Delves, regional vice president, Eastern Ontario, RBC. “We recognize the power of giving back to the communities we serve, and this campaign aligns perfectly with our commitment to protect water in urbanized areas.”
Planting tips and answers to your questions will be provided by RRCA staff such as Soil & Water Conservation Specialist Normand Génier, who says “The tree giveaway is an excellent opportunity for city residents and the local community to celebrate earth day”. He further emphasized, “aside from increasing property value and reducing wind, noise and dust levels around the house, trees also help sequester carbon from the air we breathe.” In urban areas, trees contribute to the environment and aesthetic well being of the community as well as create or enhance wildlife habitat, provide windbreaks and cooling shade. Educational materials on nest boxes for birds and other wildlife information will also be provided. Everyone is encouraged to drop by and chat with the helpful staff and volunteers. They look forward to assisting you on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the workshop site of the Gray’s Creek Conservation Area & Marina Complex at 18045 County Road # 2 in Cornwall.
The trees will be watered in preparation for transport so please come equipped with a suitable protective container or bag. While the trees are free, donations are accepted. Larger potted trees will also be available but at a cost. Evergreens sell for $10 and deciduous sell for $15. The funds from donations and potted trees ensure the continuation of this and other tree programs.
Participants of the Tree Seedling and Butternut Recovery programs are urged to pick up their seedlings on Saturday April 27th, 2013 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Grays Creek Conservation Area. Please visit the RRCA website at www.rrca.on.ca for up to date information as the lifting and delivery time of trees is subject to the rate of spring thaw.