Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with nature’s gifts

It’s Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation this year. You can help celebrate by planting trees that could stand another 150 years. Each tree planted is an important step towards making our community a greener, cleaner, healthier place for generations to come.

There are plenty of opportunities this summer for Edmontonians to show how much they appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us – clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand, and connecting with nature. Our urban forest canopy also offers more benefits than meets the eye. It reduces crime, calms the speed of traffic and attracts visitors. Nature’s gifts keep on giving.

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With your help, the City’s Root for Trees program is transforming Edmonton from the ground up. Together, with 4,100 volunteers, we planted over 36,400 native, ornamental and fruit bearing trees and shrubs last year. Our goal for this year is to plant 45,000 new trees and shrubs through volunteers.
We got a good start by partnering with Capital Power to plant 5,000 trees at Rundle Park in celebration Canada 150. Individuals, community groups and businesses can also grow our city’s forest canopy by joining our public planting events or by booking their own Canada 150 planting events. The City’s Root for Trees program provides the shovels, seedlings and location; you provide the enthusiastic volunteers.

Everyone is welcome to our Root for Trees Festival on June 3 at Hermitage Park. There will be tree planting and seedling giveaways, bucket truck rides, interesting community displays and much more. We are also hosting a Pollinator Planting event on July 29 and a Food Forest event on August 26.

Visit www.edmonton.ca/trees for more information on how you can get involved with Root for Trees.

Be to register your tree at yegTreeMap. The online tool allows you to register the trees you plant or already have growing on your property, or browse various trees growing throughout the city. It also tracks the energy, stormwater flow, carbon dioxide and air quality benefits the trees provide within our urban environment.