OCT 24, 2014 – Money doesn’t grow on trees but it does help plant them. In 2013, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Rona and the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) joined forces to plant trees in communities throughout the Credit River watershed. The partners cover the cost of trees and shrubs. They work with dedicated community volunteers to plant them. Since 2013, RONA and DSF have donated $60,000.

Restoration offers habitat for animals. The act of planting connects people to the environment. Fletcher’s Creek Middle School enhanced their local environment thanks to a DSF/Rona-funded milkweed planting event. Milkweed provides habitats for migrating monarch butterflies. Through the event, students learned about issues affecting monarchs.

“Leveraging partnerships allows us to maximize protection of our shared resources on the ground,” says Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “With these donations, we‘re giving vulnerable areas new life so they can be future healthy green spaces.”

Volunteers are a vital part of CVC’s conservation projects. So far this year, over 1,500 people have volunteered in 20 events, contributing more than 1,600 hours of time. Everyone’s dedication helped to plant 5,300 native wildflowers, and 860 native trees and shrubs.

The David Suzuki Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions for living within the limits of nature and mobilizing Canadians to make their communities healthy and green.

RONA is a Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. The Corporation operates a network of over 800 corporate, franchise and affiliate retail stores of various sizes and formats under different banners, and a network of 14 hardware and construction materials distribution centres. With close to 28,000 employees, the RONA store network generates consolidated revenues of $4.9 billion. For more information, visit rona.ca

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. CVC gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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Volunteers getting dirty to help clean up our environment.
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Kimberley Holt-Behrend
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Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 415
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