April 15, 2016 – Hosting a tree planting to celebrate Earth Day may not seem like a ground-breaking idea but it’s the perfect opportunity for residents to dig into the fight against climate change. On Saturday April 23, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Orangeville Sustainability Action Team, The Rotary Club and Tim Hortons team up for the annual Earth Day tree planning and Let’s Make Orangeville Shine community clean-up. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Residents are invited to roll up their sleeves and contribute to this year’s efforts to green and clean the community.  Organizers are looking for support from 200 volunteers to take on the clean-up and to plant the 500 trees and shrubs. The tree planting site is at the storm water pond located beside 114 Oakridge Drive and there are various clean-up locations around Orangeville.

“People often ask us what they can do to help fight climate change. This is the perfect opportunity for businesses, organizations and residents to do something tangible in the fight,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation for CVC. “It is a great way to connect with nature, spend time with family and friends, and contribute to the health of the local environment.”

Trees are important to help fight climate change.  Over the course of a year, a single acre of mature trees absorb the same amount of carbon dioxide produced by a car driven almost 42,000 kilometres.

Participants will help plant native trees and shrubs or clean-up areas throughout Orangeville. Planting trees increases forest cover and helps repair damage suffered during severe weather, such as the March ice storm. Tree plantings also beautify the landscape and provide new habitat for local wildlife. Clean-ups help improve the look of a community and prevent litter from entering local streams and waterways.

Registration for this event will take place at 9 a.m. at Rotary Park, located at 75 Second Avenue in Orangeville.  Once registered, participants will head to their assigned clean-up area or the tree planting location.  A free barbecue will follow the tree planting and community clean-up activities.

No tree planting experience is necessary and training will be provided. Participants are asked to dress for the weather. Shovels and gloves will be provided or participants may also bring their own.

For more information, visit http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/event/orangeville-earth-day-tree-planting-3/.

Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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Photo:

Lindsey Jennings, CVC’s Assistant Program Coordinator, Watershed Transformation
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Media contact:
Jamie Williams
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
Phone: (905) 670-1615 ext. 285

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