Oakville Celebrates Earth Day with Over 100 Volunteers Planting Trees
Over 100 volunteers dug in at a tree planting event at Nipigon Trail & Pelee Woods to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 22nd, 2017. Oakvillegreen Conservation Association hosted the event, in partnership with the Town of Oakville. Volunteers from community groups such as the Cub Scouts (1st Trafalgar), the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton, and the Oakville Newcomers Club, along with many families and individuals, joined in to help plant a total of 840 native trees.
Nipigon Trail and Pelee Woods are part of the Town of Oakville’s Woodland Hazards Abatement Program to manage woodlands affected by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle. The trees that were planted along the trail by volunteers contribute to an ongoing effort to help regenerate forest biodiversity and keep the invasive common buckthorn (Ramnus cathartica) at bay. Common buckthorn is a highly invasive shrub that has become a prominent part of Oakville’s urban landscape. Known for its ability to out-compete native plants and degrade wildlife habitat, this tree is classified as a noxious weed under Ontario’s Weed Control Act.
Oakvillegreen will host another tree planting event on June 17th at Millstone Park, off Pine Glen Rd., from 10am -12noon. You can find more about all our upcoming events here.
Oakvillegreen’s volunteer tree planting and stewardship programs are funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. As the leading grantmaking foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.