On Saturday, May 5, 2018, members of the community came together for Trees for Watershed Health, which is the tree planting event that Conservation Halton holds each year to increase forest cover in the watershed, create an opportunity for community involvement and connect watershed residents with the environment.
This year, Trees for Watershed Health took place at Bayview Park in Burlington, in partnership with the City of Burlington and Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System. There were 100 community volunteers, including friends, families, corporate and cultural groups. Conservation Halton CAO, Hassaan Basit, Burlington MPP, Eleanor McMahon, and Burlington Councillor, Rick Craven, were also in attendance. By the end of the morning, 600 trees and shrubs, such as white pine, cherry pine, cedar and tamarack, were planted. Conservation Halton hosts a number of tree plantings each year and, because of these events, we have around planted 4 million trees in the last fifty years.
“Not only is this about planting trees,” Conservation Halton CAO, Hassaan Basit, said during his opening comments. “It’s about coming together as a community.”