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Wanted - volunteers to join our tree planting team at Halton Region Waste Management site on May 4

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Conservation Halton is looking for volunteers to join a team of more than 300 people who will plant more than 3,000 trees and shrubs on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The ninth Annual Trees for Watershed Health Tree Planting in partnership with Halton Region’s Annual Scout Tree Planting event will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Halton Region Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton (across from Rattlesnake Point Golf Course).

This year’s Trees for Watershed Health planting is in partnership with Halton Region and local Halton Scouts. Since 2000, more than 2,000 native trees have been planted at the Halton Waste Management Site by Halton-area Scouts, which is an example of the sound environmental practices applied at Site operations.

This annual community event is open to individuals, families or small groups. Everyone is requested to pre-register. The event is free of charge and includes a complimentary barbecue. Spaces tend to fill up early so register yourself, your group or family now at the Conservation Halton website.

Since the launch of this program in 2006, more than 4,400 residents have helped plant in excess of 44,500 trees and shrubs.

“The act of planting a tree seems to create a physical and emotional connection to local conservation efforts, and has always been one of our most popular community events. Every spring, when we request volunteers to help plant a few thousand trees, the response is always tremendous. All watershed residents, regardless of age or skill level, can participate” said Hassaan Basit, Conservation Halton’s Director of Communications.

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. Online registration for the event is requested by Thursday, May 1, 2014, please note space is limited.

Launched 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.