Conservation Halton held its Trees for Watershed Health Tree Planting this past Sunday, May 7, 2017, with more than 70 people planting 900 shrubs. The planting, in partnership with the City of Burlington took place at Bayview Park on King Road.
The tree planting was also a Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark restoration project and involved the planting of New Jersey Tea, a native plant, which attracts birds and butterflies. It is hoped the plants will attract Mottled Duskywing, a butterfly which is an endangered species in Ontario. The New Jersey Tea is a host plant for the Mottled Duskywing.
“On behalf of Conservation Halton I would like to thank all the volunteers who took time to plant trees with us on a Sunday morning, we are so appreciative of their dedication,” said Hassaan Basit, Conservation Halton Chief Administrative Officer. “I would also like to thank the City of Burlington for hosting our Trees for Watershed Health community planting at Bayview Park and Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark for supporting the event by purchasing the plants.”
This community event was open to individuals, families or small groups. This was Conservation Halton’s eleventh Trees for Watershed Health Community Tree Planting and first in Burlington. The event was launched in 2006 with the assistance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and resulted in more than 4,950 volunteers planting in excess of 50,000 trees in the first ten years.
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, with the exception of last year.