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Wanted - volunteers to join our tree planting team at Kelso Quarry on Saturday, April 20

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Media Release
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Conservation Halton is looking for volunteers to join our team of nearly 400 people who will plant more than 3,600 trees and shrubs on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The Eighth Annual Trees for Watershed Health Tree Planting will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Kelso Quarry, off Steeles Avenue (adjacent to the Kelso Conservation Area).

Since the launch of this program seven years ago, more than 4,000 residents have helped plant 41,000 trees and shrubs.

This annual 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

This year, Conservation Halton is partnering with the Town of Milton to offer this event for the third straight year. The Town received funding through Hydro One’s Biodiversity Initiative to enhance Milton’s natural habitat. All three plantings have taken place at Kelso Quarry.

“Every spring, when we ask people to give up a Saturday morning and help plant a few thousand trees, the answer without a moment’s hesitation is ‘yes’.” said Hassaan Basit, Conservation Halton’s Director of Communications Services. “All watershed residents, regardless of age or skill level, can participate, so come give your green thumbs some early spring practice. And, over the past few years it has been nice to see Halton’s budding ethnic diversity reflected in our mix of volunteers.” continued Basit.

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 dangerous for participants and staff. Online registration for the event is requested by Wednesday, April 17, 2013, please note space is limited.

The Town of Milton is partnering with Conservation Halton on this volunteer tree planting event as part of its focus on environmental and sustainability initiatives. The Trees for Watershed Health planting supports the Town’s goal of providing a thriving natural environment, to be a valued community asset to be protected, maintained, and enjoyed.

The entrance to Kelso Quarry is located at 5437 Steeles Avenue (west of Tremaine Road) in Milton. 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.

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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.

Hassaan Basit
Director Communications Services
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 270

Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233