Conservation Halton held a Fall Trees for Watershed Health Tree Planting this past Saturday, September 9, 2017, with more than 85 people planting 500 trees and shrubs. The planting, in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Trout Unlimited Canada and the Courtcliffe Park Committee took place at Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle.
The trees were planted in the straightened channel of Mountsberg Creek which was filled in this summer, to return flows to the original natural and now restored channel of Mountsberg Creek. The tree planting helped mark the completion of Phase III of the Courtcliffe Park Creek Restoration Project.
The restoration project included three primary phases with the work being done between 2015 and 2017. The project’s objective was habitat improvements for the fish, birds, and mammals which live in and around the waterways which run through Courtcliffe Park.
“On behalf of Conservation Halton I would like to thank all the volunteers who took time to plant trees at Courtcliffe Park on what I’m sure for many is a busy Saturday morning,” said Kim Barrett, Associate Director, Science and Partnerships, Conservation Halton. “I would also like to thank our Courtcliffe Park Restoration Project Partners who have collaborated on this important work over the past few years – the City of Hamilton, Trout Unlimited Canada and the Courtcliffe Park Committee. Thanks as well to Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Union Gas for supporting this event by purchasing the trees and shrubs.”
This community event was open to individuals, families or small groups with the Carlisle Optimist Club doing a BBQ lunch for the volunteers. This was Conservation Halton’s twelfth Trees for Watershed Health Community Tree Planting, and was the first to be held in Carlisle as well as in the fall. The event was launched in 2006 with the assistance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and resulted in more than 5,035 volunteers planting in excess of 50,500 trees during this time.
About Trees for Watershed Health
First held in 2006, Trees for Watershed Health is a Conservation Halton community outreach program designed to engage watershed residents and community groups in tree planting. The program was started to bring communities and nature together to help increase forest cover in the Halton watershed.
This program was launched by a multi-year grant given to Conservation Halton by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and started on Earth Day, April 22, 2006. Conservation Halton has held an annual tree planting event on or around this date every year, with the exception of 2016. In 2017, two plantings were held, the first on May 7 at Bayview Park in Burlington, the second on September 9 at Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle.