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Friday, 12 April 2019 13:33

Plant a tree with your family to help Mother Nature on May 11

APRIL 16, 2019 – On Saturday, May 11, Kawartha Conservation and the Kawartha Foundation are inviting families and individuals to help Mother Nature in Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area by planting endangered Butternut and companion trees.

Meeting at the Devitts Road parking lot (4560 Devitts Rd Scugog, ON) at 10 a.m., the tree planting event will include planting nearly 300 Butternut and companion trees which will continue to help re-establish the endangered trees in the area.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to not only visit Durham East Cross Forest, but to see some of the restoration work that is taking place and be part of an effort to help re-establish the endangered Butternut trees there,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands for Kawartha Conservation. “The event is supported by the Kawartha Foundation who will be on hand to talk with participants about the great work being done to help support our communities, our watershed and our environment.”

All shovels and related equipment is provided, though interested participants are asked to bring their own gloves and to dress for the weather.

“We will be planting the Butternut and companion trees, rain or shine,” said Ms. Virgoe. “One of the really wonderful things about Durham East Cross Forest, and any of our conservation areas, is that they are beautiful regardless of the season or the weather.

“Whether it is in sunny weather seeing the light and shadows dance through the trees, or on rainy days when the greens seem greener and the fresh rains engage all of your senses, Durham East Cross Forest is a favourite place to explore,” Ms. Virgoe added.

Interested participants are being asked to register in advance to help determine numbers for the planting event.

“We appreciate everyone who wants to come out and help with the planting,” said Ms. Virgoe. “We will start at 10 a.m. and the event will finish when all 300 Butternut and companion trees have been planted.

“This is a great opportunity to bring out the entire family, friends, anyone who enjoys nature and being outdoors and helping to give back to Mother Nature,” she added.
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