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Thu, 26 Sep 2013
The Town of Oakville along with Oakvillegreen Conservation Association and community volunteers planted 750 trees yesterday at Oakville Park in celebration of National Tree Day. The day’s event was generously supported by donations from Boston Pizza Dorval and Dillon Consulting Limited.
“On behalf of Oakville Council, thank you for giving back to our community,” Acting Mayor Councillor Ralph Robinson said. “One of the town’s most unique features is its beautiful tree canopy. Plantings like this showcase Oakville’s commitment to protecting and enhancing it for future generations.”
Volunteers taking part in the event included staff from Boston Pizza, Dillon Consulting Limited, and Sheridan College, as well as students from Appleby College, and local residents.
As part of the town’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management program, a section of Oakville Park was identified as a Prime Site for intensive regeneration. Dead and dying ash trees destroyed by EAB were removed from the park last winter to address public safety concerns.
While natural regeneration will account for most of the regrowth in the woodlands, the town has implemented a Woodlands Conservation Program and established a number of concentrated planting sites to offset the damage caused by EAB.
“Oakville has the most aggressive EAB management program in Canada, which includes bi-annual treatment of over 5,000 public ash trees,” said John McNeil, manager of Forestry Services. “Tree plantings are another way the town is preserving Oakville’s tree canopy and support from the community has been tremendous.”
The town is supporting many community tree planting events over the coming weeks, including a Suncor planting at Woodgate Woods; a Rotary Club of Oakville planting at Cornwall Sports Park; a planting at Winston Woods Park by Iroquois Ridge High School students; a CheerForce cheerleading team planting at Bloomfield Park; and a BMO planting at Shell Park.
This summer, Boston Pizza Dorval donated 15 per cent of lunch and dinner sales on Mondays and Wednesdays to the Oakville Canopy Club to support the Oakville Park woodland restoration. This is the second year that Dillon Consulting Limited has supported the Town’s National Tree Day event.
On March 2, 2011 a motion to declare a day National Tree Day received consent from the House of Commons. National Tree Day serves as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide, such as clean air, wildlife habitat, and reduced energy demand.
The Oakville Canopy Club is an innovative community outreach program which the town introduced to educate residents about EAB and other urban forestry initiatives.
John McNeil, RPF
Manager, Forestry Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3395
Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096