1,500 trees planted to help rehabilitate Selwyn Township gravel pit

On November 6, 2020, Otonabee Conservation planted 1,500 trees at a gravel pit in Selwyn Township, to help rehabilitate the site and return it to its natural state.

Staff from Otonabee Conservation and Selwyn Township along with local Youth Leadership in Sustainability students planted white pine, white spruce, eastern white cedar, tamarack and red oak. These native species will provide habitat for wildlife, increase biodiversity at the gravel pit site, and will help to regenerate the soil that was previously removed during aggregate extraction.

“Each year, we partner with Selwyn Township to plant trees at various sites throughout the watershed,” explains Dan Marinigh, Otonabee Conservation’s CAO, “Projects like this contribute positively to the watershed community in many ways by mitigating climate change impacts, enhancing watershed health, and providing opportunities for students to get outside and engage directly with nature.” 

This is the final tree planting event of the season, wrapping up with a total of 5,690 trees planted across the watershed at eight different locations with support from many community partners including City of Peterborough, Selwyn Township, Siemens Canada, Brock Mission, and Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Generous funding provided by Tree Canada, Forests Ontario, TD Canada Trust, and One Tree Planted.

Each year, Otonabee Conservation works with local landowners and partners to plant trees on private and public properties. If you are interested in planting trees on your property, Otonabee Conservation may be able to help you access funding, technical support, and volunteers.

To learn more about the importance of forests follow Otonabee Conservation on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @OtonabeeC. For more information about stewardship programs and tree planting, visit otonabeeconservation.com

For more information contact:
Meredith Carter | Manager, Watershed Management Programs mcarter@otonabeeconservation.com | 705-745-5791 x223