Heartland Forest celebrates tree planting grants

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Two grants were given in honour of Canada 150 celebrations: one from Tree Canada and the other being a joint grant from the Community Foundations of Canada and the Niagara Community Foundation

Tree Canada was created 25 years ago as the National Community Tree Foundation. It was funded by the Canadian Forest Service until 2007 when it then became entirely corporately sponsored. Tree Canada has engaged communities, governments, corporations and individuals in pursuit of greener, more sustainable environment for Canadians.

The coinciding tree planting celebration is given with the grant is included with the 150 tree planting celebrations across the country in honour of Canada 150.

The second grant was from the Community Foundations of Canada and the Niagara Community Foundation. The money was used to help fund a replica pioneer cabin on the forest edge with new tree plantings including maple trees and a symbolic white pine. The new interactive exhibit to help further celebrate Canada’s natural history.

With the acceptance of the grants, Heartland Forest reaffirms its commitment to preserving their substantial and provincially significant Wetland through further tree planting. This will enhance the current buffer zone which will promote wildlife habitat within urban fringe areas, the place habitat growth is needed most.

“The environment is one of the major themes at the heart of the celebrations for the 150 anniversary of Confederation, which is why the Government of Canada is pleased to support Tree Canada,”  says Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Among those present at the tree planting celebrations October 20 were different such as MP Wayne Gates, Regional Councillor Bob Gale and City of Niagara Falls Councillor Kim Craitor. The Program Director of Tree Canada, Megan Quinn and the Executive Director of Niagara Community Foundation Bryan Rose were also in attendance, as well as Rick McLean, representing Canada’s indigenous peoples.

As for Canada’s anniversary, tree planting celebrations fall in line with this country’s overarching legacies.

“All across the world, trees are a symbol of growth, strength, sustainability, hope, and peace,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “Our #Canada150 tree-planting celebrations are a perfect way to commemorate Canada’s legacy in a positive, meaningful and lasting way, all while engaging people from coast to coast to coast.”

Heartland Forest, with the aid of the two grants, will continue to provide interactive nature experiences through the preservation of its 93 acres. The park attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year with accessible trails and facilities as well as the beautiful natural features of the unique property. It  hosts different kinds of events and is available for private events as well, like birthday parties and weddings. The trails are open to the public daily from dawn till dusk with no cost for general admission.

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