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North Huron Working Towards Goal of Increased Forest Coverage

Monday November 16th, 2009

North Huron Working Towards Goal of Increased Forest Cover

 

North Huron has 463 new trees. This spring a tree planting program was introduced by the municipality making trees available to the public to plant on their own property.  A project of the Energy and Environment Committee of the municipality and spearheaded by CAO, Kriss Snell, 115 native species of trees were picked up and planted by ratepayers on private property.  The owner is responsible for the care and maintenance of the trees.   

 

North Huron currently boasts a forest and natural environment coverage of 22.7%.  The municipal Official Plan sites a target of 30% forest coverage and participation in this sort of program puts us closer to our optimal goal.  “Our tree planting program enjoyed a successful inaugural year.  One hundred and fifteen trees were given out to municipal home owners.  We would expect in subsequent years for that number will grow as a great amount of interest has been expressed not only in this project but in all environmentally conscious activities.  Not surprisingly we have found that residents place a high priority on ‘green’ initiatives”, said Kriss Snell.     

 

Over three hundred native trees were also planted by North Huron staff at municipal landfills, parks and cemeteries and along road allowances.  Forty trees were also planted at the Blyth Campground. 

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For information please contact:

Connie Goodall

Community Development Coordinator

Township of North Huron

Phone number – (519) 357-1096

cgoodall@northhuron.ca