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Volunteers stepping it up for Drumquin Park tree planting next month

Posted on Thursday August 31, 2017

News Release-

In celebration of National Forest Week, September 24 - 30, community partners in Milton are planning a tree planting at Drumquin Park on Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

The organizations coordinating this initiative are Conservation Halton and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation “TD Tree Days,” in conjunction with Town of Milton staff and volunteers. The call for volunteers exceeded expectations with over 60 Milton residents geared up to take shovels in hand to help with the tree planting. Those who missed out on helping with this initiative and who may be interested in future volunteer opportunities with Conservation Halton related to public land restoration, can contact Chelsea McIsaac, Watershed Restoration Technician, Conservation Halton at cmcisaac@hrca.on.ca

The site location is on the west side of Trafalgar Road, north of the intersection of Britannia and Trafalgar Roads. Volunteers will plant approximately 450 trees and shrubs in the area. The plantings will lessen stormwater runoff volumes; increase the diversity of plant species in the park; stabilize soil, control water channel temperatures, increase oxygen production by plants; and provide habitat and food sources for birds and other small mammals. Drumquin Park is an important part of Milton’s urban forest and the Sixteen Mile Creek watershed.

This initiative is just one of the ways Town staff are working to build partnerships with various parties to find new ways to improve the local environment, with a specific emphasis on Milton forests, with minimal to no expense for taxpayers. In 2016, Milton partnered with Conservation Halton, and Field and Stream Rescue Team for a similar planting and clean-up initiative. For the 50 Million Tree Program, the same partners planted 12, 800 tree seedlings along the north west corner of James Snow Parkway and Main Street East in a channel and also Sixteen Mile Creek Park North and South. These collaborations will improve Milton’s watersheds and natural heritage.

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