The Raising Region Reservation Authority (RRCA) is celebrating its 20th Earth day Tree Giveaway anniversary. The company will give out around 20,000 trees for free as a symbolic gesture for the 20 years it has been operational.
The special event was held at the Marina Complex and at the Gray’s Creek Conservation area located at 18045 County Road 2, Cornwall. Attendees were served BBQ and cake for lunch after the ceremony.
According to Normand Genier, Forest Specialist, the event serves as an avenue to answer questions regarding their planting projects. What’s more, the company also provides 10 white spruces to the first 200 attendees. Mr. Genier also pointed out that trees are vital to the environment mainly due to their numerous benefits. Further, he also added that the program will provide an opportunity for the replenishment of trees lost as a result of the ash borer.
Additionally, RRCA will also provide a tree planting subsidy to individuals who own at least one hectar of land. Apart from that, they have also partnered with Forest Ontario in their 50 million tree planting program.
The program’s goal is to plant 50 million trees all over the Ontario neighbourhood by 2025. Also, landowners in the region will be eligible for up to 75% coverage of their total planting cost.
Admission to the event is free. However, they are accepting donations. Besides, attendees can also purchase potted trees at the event. Evergreens will go for $10 and the deciduous trees for $15. There will also be a silent auction for some of the items that will be donated by the local businessmen. Nevertheless, it is imperative for individuals to note that funds or items donated at the event will be used in RRCA’s programs.