Last year the Scott Mission Camp planted over 600 trees and shrubs on its Caledon property. As the cold February weather wears on, camp staff hope their ecological investment survives the harsh winter and flourishes this coming spring.
“I was inspired by talking with people who were here when Scott Mission first bought the property in the 1950s and had the foresight to plant pine trees that are now a favourite spot for campers and staff,” said Jeff Johnson, Camp Director.
Johnson wants to create a similar gift for future camper. In partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), the Scott Mission has planted over 9,000 trees and shrubs on the property over the past three years.
“It takes over 40 years to grow something like our pine stand,” said Johnson. “Someone has to show initiative and make it happen.”
Prior to partnering with CVC, Johnson, who is spending his eleventh summer with the camp, started planting trees on his own. Concerned about planting the right species, he looked to CVC’s Private Landowner Tree Planting Program for help. In addition to substantial tree subsidies, Scott Mission Camp received free planning advice, technical support and labour.
“By selecting the most appropriate tree and shrub species for the property we can ensure an extremely high survival rate, said Brian Boyd, CVC Forestry Planting Project Coordinator. “Working with the Scott Mission Camp is an opportunity for CVC to help restore the local environment and show the next generation of campers how we can work together to improve and protect the land we share.”
CVC is currently focusing its environmental restoration and landowner outreach efforts on the East Credit area. Residents of the East Credit area who want to learn about enhancing their property and the local environment are urged to contact CVC at 1-800-668-5557 ext 436
The Scott Mission Camp is a 100 acre property in the beautiful Caledon Hills. There are bike trails, beautiful forests, a pond for canoeing, large sports fields, a swimming pool, a basketball court, 50 foot climbing wall, high and low ropes courses and a playground. Scott Mission bought a 100 acre farm in Caledon in the 1950s. The land was a working farm and was open fields with few trees. Today the camp’s semi-forested landscape looks very different due to continued environmental restoration activities.