October 13, 2016 – Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) for the Upper Credit Community Tree Planting event on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Upper Credit Conservation Area in Alton. This event is in partnership with Halton Peel Woodlands and Wildlife Stewardship (HPWWS) and Trout Unlimited Greg Clark Chapter.
“Planting native trees and shrubs along the riverbank creates habitat for birds and animals, and provides shade along the river. This reduces water temperature and makes river conditions more favourable for brook trout,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation for CVC.
This tree planting is part of a larger environmental project known as the “Bringing Back Brookies” campaign. This project, led by Trout Unlimited Greg Clark Chapter, aims to improve brook trout habitat in the upper Credit River. Brook trout are important to local communities and the ecosystem. They are a sign of a healthy river and are a native species found only in certain Ontario streams.
Funding for the trees was secured through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program, which was established to support multi-partner projects at a local level. Projects are eligible for funding under the program if their purpose is to restore compromised or threatened recreational fisheries habitat.
No experience is required and CVC staff will provide tree planting demonstrations. Students are encouraged to participate and earn their community volunteer hours. Participants should dress for the weather and wear long pants and boots if possible. Shovels and gloves will be provided but extras would be helpful.
For more information and to register, visit https://www.creditvalleyca.ca/event/bring-back-brookies-tree-planting/.
Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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