Free trees available in celebration of Earth Day

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The Raisin Region Conservation Authority offers a variety of tree planting initiatives through various partnerships.  Some programs encourage the planting of large areas while others focus on more strategic and sensitive areas such as riparian zones. Photo: RRCA

CORNWALL, Ontario - The Raisin Region Conservation Authority is once again inviting the public to join them in celebrating Earth Day the best way it knows how - with free trees.

Conifer seedlings, limited to 10 per family, will be given to 200 local residents who would like to beautify their home as well as contribute to the environment.

Due to the high demand in previous years, the RRCA is unable to reserve any trees.

Trees will be distributed on a first come - first serve basis.

Planting tips and answers to your questions will be provided by RRCA staff, including RRCA forestry specialist and tree guru Normand Génier.

“The Tree Giveaway is an excellent opportunity for city residents and the local community to celebrate Earth Day," he said. “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 aesthetics as well as create and enhance wildlife habitat, provide windbreaks and shade.

Educational materials on nest boxes for birds and other wildlife information will also be provided at the tree giveaway, which takes place Saturday at 10 a.m.

The RRCA is located at Gray's Creek on County Road 2.

While the trees are free, donations are accepted. Larger potted trees will also be available at a cost - Evergreens $10 and deciduous $15.

The funds from donations and potted trees ensure the continuation of forestry programs.

Participants of the tree seedling and Butternut Recovery programs are urged to pick up their seedlings on May 3 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Gray’s Creek Conservation Area. Please visit the RRCA website at www.rrca.on.ca for up-to-date information as this date is tentative and subject to change.

Organizations: Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Geographic location: Ontario, County Road, Creek Conservation Area

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