Conservation Halton receives government support to plant 50,000 trees over 10 years

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Published July 21, 2021 at 8:17 pm

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Conservation Halton is receiving $190,403 in support of the Government of Canada’s plan to plant two billion trees over 10 years to help combate climate change.

Milton MP Adam van Koeverden made the announcement that Conservation Halton will plant 50,000 trees at 36 sites across the region.

This project will support planned restoration projects in ecosystems such as wetlands, creeks, former farmland, and forested areas and will provide increased regional biodiversity, resilient communities, and the creation of green jobs.

The Canadian government has committed up to $3.2 billion over 10 years, starting in 2021–22, to deliver on this commitment. 

“Planting trees is essential for a growing community like Milton. Healthy tree coverage and a vibrant urban canopy are essential for our air quality, our health, our shade and our regional biodiversity!,” said van Koeverden, who is also the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Sport). “I am absolutely thrilled that, as part of our 2 Billion Trees program, 50,000 trees will be planted right here in our region in partnership with Conservation Halton — that’s a new tree for every family in Milton!

“This news brings with it a more resilient community, green jobs, environmental protection and long-lasting benefits for the people of Halton Region, now and in the future.”

A natural climate solution, planting trees removes and stores carbon from the atmosphere, in the meantime providing other benefits such as better air and water quality, particularly in urban settings and decreases risk of wildland fire to rural communities. It also supports biodiversity.

It also provides spaces for recreational opportunities that improve our wellbeing and our connection to nature.

“Planting two billion trees is more than a plan for climate action. It’s a plan for creating thousands of good, green jobs, ” said Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources. We’re rolling out tree-planting projects right across the country. Planting trees gets us to net-zero.”

An effort to advance tree planting as an important part of the solution to climate change, the Two Billion Trees program is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 12 megatonnes annually by 2050. It will also create up to 4,300 green jobs.

The tree-planting program represents a 40-percent increase in the number of trees Canada typically plants over a decade

In 10 years, the new trees will cover the equivalent of over 1.1 million hectares, an area twice the size of Prince Edward Island.

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