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Conservation Halton Celebrates National Forest Week 2017 – and encourages you to join us!

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National Forest Week (September 24 to 30) is a time to celebrate Canada’s forests. It is led by the Canadian Institute of Forestry in support of their mission to increase the public’s awareness of forests. Conservation Halton’s impressive 60 year history of tree planting – more than 4 million trees so far – is helping to create a healthy environment for our communities to live, work and play in.

Planting trees, afforestation, of our landscape is an important role for Conservation Halton. Each year we aim to plant between 100,000 and 150,000 trees on both our own land, and through programs to help private landowners plant trees on their land.

Conservation Halton’s expert forestry team is here to help and we can conduct site visits to interested landowners to help them decide if planting trees is right for them. From a small project to enhance and look after a natural area, to larger scale projects of 2.5 acres and 1,500 trees or more, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at www.conservationhalton.ca/tree-planting-program for more information on Conservation Halton Tree Planting programs.

“Our knowledgeable forestry staff can help landowners by preparing a plan that selects the right trees for their property, implement that plan in the spring, and help access funding opportunities. The fall is the perfect time of year for landowners to start planning their projects for the following spring,” said Bill Gaines, Coordinator of Forestry with Conservation Halton. “Not only do trees add natural value to your property, you will be helping to protect water quality, reducing soil erosion, keeping our air clean and providing valuable wildlife habitat.”

About Conservation Halton Forestry Services

Conservation Halton professional foresters work to maintain and develop health forest ecosystems through the sustainable management of our forests, and through ongoing monitoring programs to ensure we have healthy forests. More than 10,500 acres of land is managed by Conservation Halton, a significant portion of which is forested. Our tree planting (afforestation) programs and our Managed Forest Programs extend access to our expertise to private landowners, to enhance the important community role we play in improving our watershed.

About National Forest Week

Each year National Forest Week (NFW) is celebrated across Canada. During NFW, Canadians are invited to learn more about Canada’s forest heritage and to raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource. Forests are fundamental to our economy, culture, traditions and history – and to our future. Communities, families and individuals depend on forests for their livelihood and way of life. National Forest Week is coordinated nationally by the Canadian Institute of Forestry, www.cif-ifc.org/national-forest-week/.