May 07, 2014

Trees planted at Deer Pit

As published in The Erin Advocate

About 30 volunteers turned out in the rain Saturday morning for the Erin Community Tree Planting at the Deer Pit storm water pond behind Centre 2000.

The event was an effort of the Town of Erin, the Erin Trails Group, Transition Erin, the Climate Action Group of Erin (CCAGE) and the Erin Rotary Club, coordinated by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC).

About 250 trees and fruit-bear shrubs were planted on the pond bank next to the Elora Cataract Trailway.

“We are always looking for opportunities to restore areas,” said Lindsey Jennings, Assistant Program Coordinator of Community Outreach for CVC, who led the session and provided training for the volunteers. “This will stabilize the bank to prevent erosion, and provide habitat for wildlife.”

The David Suzuki Foundation provided funding for the trees and shrubs. Cedar seedlings were also planted next to the nearby tennis courts, which could grow into a windbreak.

“Each tree has measurable benefits for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we all share,” said Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC.