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Local youth, landowners to plant 6,000 trees

It is a spring tradition deeply rooted in the Otonabee region watershed community and one which has become a signature conservation program for Otonabee Conservation.

More than 425 youth, ready with spade in hand, will plant 6,000 trees this spring as part of the Scoutrees planting day. It’s all part of the Trees Project of Otonabee Conservation and the Otonabee Conservation Foundation.

“The Trees Project is an environmental conservation and education program offered by Otonabee Conservation in partnership with the Otonabee Conservation Foundation,” says John Williams, Manager of Conservation Lands and Resources with Otonabee Conservation.

“Each tree seedling is a miniature environmental cleaning station. The rootlets hold and consolidate the soil preventing erosion. The leaves absorb greenhouse gases and release life-giving oxygen to the atmosphere.

“The new forest provides habitat for wildlife and birds. The emerging forest is a major filter and cleansing system for water that soaks into the ground and feeds our wells and underground water systems.”

A total of 7,500 trees will be planted by the Kawartha Waterways Area Scouts and the Township of Selwyn. The trees selected for each site match the soil type and drainage characteristics.

The trees being planted are native to this region and include such species as white spruce, white pine, and eastern white cedar.

The 2014 spring tree planting program is organized by Otonabee Conservation, and sponsored by the Business Partners in Conservation of the Otonabee Conservation Foundation, Kawartha Waterways Area Scouts, and Idealease Peterborough Inc.

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