The RRCA (Raisin Region Conservation Authority) is celebrating their 20th of Earth Day Tree Giveaway. Around 20,000 free trees will be given away to symbolize 20-solid years of their advocacy. The event will be held at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area and Marina Complex which is at 18045 County Road 2, Cornwall. The event will be held this April 27, 2019 at 10 AM. After the ceremony, guests will be served cake and BBQ lunch.
According to Forestry Specialist Normand Génier, the event is an avenue where they can answer questions about their planting projects, which also explains why RRCA always looks forward to the event. They will be giving 10 white spruces to the first 200 to come to the venue.
Genier stated that trees are vital to the environment. They provide life and shelter to the wildlife, and they give us oxygen and stabilize the soil. They’re also the material used for our shelter. He also added that this program is an opportunity to replenish the trees that were lost due to the emerald ash borer.
For those who own a land measuring at least a hectare, RRCA is offering a tree planting subsidy. RRCA has decided to partner with Forests Ontario for the 50 Million Tree Program. Their goal is to plant a total of 50 million trees throughout the city of Ontario by 2025. Landowners are eligible to receive coverage of up to 75% the total cost of planting.
Admission to the Annual Earth Day Tree Giveaway is for free, but they are accepting donations on the event itself. Attendees can also purchase large potted trees: $10 for evergreens and $15 for deciduous on a cash basis.
A silent auction will be held at the event for some of the items donated by local businesses. All funds raised from the event will be for the benefit of the organization’s forestry programs.