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Tree planting volunteers wanted for Sunday, September 9 in Dundas at the Hopkins Tract

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 BURLINGTON – Conservation Halton is looking for 50 community volunteers to help plant native trees and shrubs on Sunday, September 9. The Trees for Watershed Health planting is taking place at the Hopkins Tract, 201 Old Guelph Road in Hamilton. 

Registration and check-in will begin at 9 a.m. with planting scheduled to start shortly after 9:30 a.m. Volunteers are reminded to dress according to the weather, wear waterproof boots and bring a shovel. The event will happen rain or shine, unless conditions are deemed to be unsafe for participants and staff. 

We welcome all individuals, families, and small groups to participate. No prior planting experience is required. Space is limited and pre-registration is mandatory, visit www.conservationhalton.ca/trees-for-watershed-health for more details and to find registration information. 

Established in 2015, the Hopkins Tract of the Pleasant View Natural Area, is located on the southeast corner of Old Guelph Road and York Road in Dundas.  The 24 hectare (59 acre) property contains deep ravines associated with the Pleasant View Tributary lined with mature deciduous oak forests and contains several uncommon and rare Carolinian and savannah indicator species. This newly formed public natural area has been incorporated into the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System. You learn more about the project when you visit www.conservationhalton.ca/hopkins-tract-restoration.

 

Currently, the property is not open to the public while the area is undergoing restoration but you can contribute to this important work by donating to the Conservation Halton Foundation. Your support will help ensure the health and diversity of the native species, habitats, landscapes and ecological processes of the area.  

Trees for Watershed Health is a Conservation Halton community outreach program which gets watershed residents and community groups involved in tree planting. The program is designed to bring communities and nature together to increase forest cover in the watershed through volunteers planting trees at selected sites. 

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Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.