Otonabee Conservation, Township of Selwyn and volunteers from Kawartha Waterways Scouts, Community 30 Guides, Ennismore Optimists Soccer, Husqvarna, One Tree Planted, Toronto Football Club (TFC) Alumni, and TFC Soccer Academy will plant 10,000 trees as part of the rehabilitation of a former gravel pit in Ennismore on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Tree planting is a spring tradition deeply rooted in the Otonabee region watershed community, supported this year by Husqvarna, One Tree Planted and the Toronto Football Club.
Husqvarna committed to plant 100 trees for every goal scored by Canadian Major League Soccer Teams which include the Toronto Football Club, Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club and the Montreal Impact resulting in the planting of 17,600 trees across Canada with tree planting events in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario. Husqvarna sponsored the purchase of 7,400 trees, and One Tree Planted provided the additional 2,600 making it possible to plant 10,000 trees locally.
“This level of support demonstrates a significant commitment to the environment and the community,” says Mike Richardson, Manager of Recreation Services for the Township of Selwyn.
The tree species selected for this planting site are native to this region and include Red Pine, White Pine, Eastern White Cedar, and White Spruce. The tree species will be planted to create a mixed and diverse forest habitat.
“The property will greatly benefit from this reforestation project as it will enhance habitat and provide connectivity for wildlife by linking the adjacent natural areas to the north and south which include portions of two Provincially Significant Wetlands,” says Dan Marinigh, Chief Administrative Officer, Otonabee Conservation.