Urban Forest Enhancement at Fleming College

Make Every Day, Earth Day~~

Tree Canada, Siemens Canada, Otonabee Conservation and Fleming College Partner to Enhance Urban Forest

Otonabee Conservation, in partnership with Tree Canada, Siemens Canada and Fleming College planted a variety of native tree species today to celebrate Earth Day and enhance the urban forest. The community planting took place at the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough.

Among the tree species planted was Red Oak, Tamarack, Elderberry, White Cedar and White Pine. The diverse selection of trees will enhance the existing forest and improve wildlife habitat.

“Our partnership with Tree Canada, Siemens Canada and Otonabee Conservation is a wonderful opportunity to enhance the urban forest in the City of Peterborough and increase biodiversity at the Sutherland Campus of Fleming College,” explained Trish O’Connor of the Office of Sustainability at Fleming College. “We are very pleased to be involved and appreciate the contributions of many partners and volunteers to make this project possible.”

Otonabee Conservation celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and tree planting projects are among several environmental programs being undertaken throughout the watershed community. “We are committed to a healthy natural environment and planting trees is just one example of how we can contribute locally to climate change adaptation,” said Dan Marinigh, Chief Administrative Officer for Otonabee Conservation.

“This project is a great example of community stewardship. We take great pride in supporting projects such as this that engage our employees and the community while benefitting the environment,” said Faisal Kazi, President and CEO of Siemens Canada.

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, they have planted more than 82 million trees. “Tree Canada is pleased to have the opportunity to work with like-minded organizations such as Siemens Canada,” stated Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “They are another example of socially responsible organizations that are truly making a positive environmental impact in communities in which they work. Nurturing urban and rural forestry not only sustains Canada’s proud heritage of biodiversity and natural beauty, but also creates a healthier, more sustainable environment for all.”