September 18, 2014 – The forests at Mississauga’s Rattray Marsh Conservation Area have taken a hit. December’s ice storm downed hundreds of trees and the emerald ash borer infestation has impacted almost all of the conservation area’s ash trees. Join Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Forests Ontario and Michael’s Hair Body Mind Spa for a day of community tree planting that will help Rattray Marsh recover.
Last April, Michael’s launched a fundraising campaign to help Mississauga communities bounce back from the ice storm. Michael’s is sponsoring this event.
Tree planting takes place Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area in Mississauga, just south of Lakeshore Blvd. The planting site can be accessed via a trail off Bexhill Rd.
“Rattray Marsh is an environmental gem and an important natural space for local residents,” says Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “For years, local residents have gathered together to preserve and protect Rattray Marsh and it’s forests for future generations to enjoy.”
Volunteers are a vital part of CVC’s conservation projects. Tree planting is an opportunity to get involved and improve the effects of ice storms on our communities. CVC, with support from community volunteers, has planted over six million trees since 1954.
Participants will learn tree planting best practices and the benefits of tree planting in our communities. No experience is required. Equipment will be provided, but if you have your own shovel please bring it. Light refreshments and snacks will be offered after planting. Please dress for the weather. Visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/events to register.
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’s Lindsey Jennings demonstrates the correct way to plant a tree. Photo by Shaima Al-Khalili.
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