City of Regina receives funding from CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program.Grant to support local planting project at Pilot Butte Creek Pathway
Regina, October 4 – The City of Regina received a matching grant of $25,000 to implement a CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up project. These grants are a part of the CN and Tree Canada initiative that invests in community greening projects across Canada. More than 140 applications received from Canadian communities of all types and sizes.
City Councillor, Lori Bresciani was joined by D’Arcy Schenk from Tree Canada and Robin Speer from CN to announce the grant and explain the importance of adding 370 new trees to Regina’s urban forest. Grade two and three students from Wilfred Hunt School also attended to learn about forestry, soils and ecosystems and help plant some of the new trees, which included species of elm, birch, maple, pine, poplar, larch and spruce. These trees will benefit the community in many ways by adding shade, attracting wildlife and creating a more attractive pathway.
“Adding a beautiful tree line along this multi-use pathway will no doubt enhance the experience of walkers, joggers and cyclists” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “Not only will it add to diversifying our urban forest, it helps fulfill our commitment of “one tree per citizen planted on public land” as stated in Design Regina: The Official Community Plan. A sincere thank you to Tree Canada and CN for this generous grant and working with us to plant 370 trees.”
The project will be carried out by Certified Arborists from the City’s Forestry Branch. Approximately 130 trees will be planted this year, and 80 trees yearly over the next three years until the project is complete – for a total of 370 trees.
“Tree Canada is thrilled to be working with CN to enhance the tree canopies of so many deserving communities across Canada,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “These trees we plant and nurture are a living legacy that will enrich our country, our communities and our homes for decades to come. These communities greened through CN EcoConnexions will be a lasting testament to CN’s exemplary environmental leadership.”
“CN remains committed to making a positive impact on the communities along our network, and are proud to be part of a program that helps to make these communities better places to live, work and play. We’re not only helping beautify these communities, we’re positively contributing to a sustainable future one community at a time, as planting trees improves air quality and offsets carbon emissions.”
– Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer for CN
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About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, we’ve planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 600 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada. Get involved or learn more about us at treecanada.ca .
About CN EcoConnexions From The Ground Up
The CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program, sponsored by CN Rail in partnership with Tree Canada, will provide funding of up to $25,000 for the greening of municipal and First Nations properties across Canada, especially in communities along its rail lines. For more information on the program, visit treecanada.ca/cn-ecoconnexions-from-the-ground-up .