April 16, 2015 – In celebration of Earth Day, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has teamed up with the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (OSAT), Orangeville Rotary Club and TD Friends of the Environment for the Orangeville Earth Day Tree Planting and Let’s Make Orangeville Shine clean-up. The event will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents are invited to roll up their sleeves and dig into this year’s community clean-up efforts. The tree planting will take place behind the Best Western Hotel in Orangeville, while other clean-up activities will take place throughout the community.

“This Earth Day event brings together businesses, organizations and residents in the community,” said Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “It is a great opportunity to connect with nature, spend time with family and friends, and contribute to the health of the local environment. There are numerous areas to clean up and hundreds of trees to plant, so our goal is to engage over 200 volunteers.”

Participants will help plant native trees and shrubs or clean-up areas throughout the community. Planting trees increases forest cover, while beautifying the landscape and providing habitat for local wildlife. Clean-ups improve the aesthetics of the community and prevent litter from entering local streams and waterways.

Registration for this event will take place at 9 a.m. on April 25 at Rotary Park, located at 75 Second Avenue in Orangeville.  Shuttle service will be available between Rotary Park and the Best Western Hotel.

No tree planting experience is required and training will be provided. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and wear long pants and boots, if possible. Shovels and gloves will be provided or participants may also bring their own. A free barbecue, sponsored by Montgomery Village Seniors Centre, will follow the tree planting and community clean-up activities.

For more information, contact Lindsey Jennings, Assistant Program Coordinator of Community Outreach for CVC at 905-670-1615 ext. 445 or [email protected].

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.

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Media contact:
Jamie Williams
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
Phone: (905) 670-1615 ext. 285
[email protected]

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