BY BILL PHILLIPS
Prince George will be planting about 150 new trees thanks to financial support from BC Hydro and the CN EcoConnexions program. The announcement was made Wednesday – national Tree Day – by Acting Mayor Garth Frizzell during an event that included a tree planting in Veterans Plaza at City Hall.
Among the trees planted are a Dogwood, representing the province, he said, and birch trees, representing the city’s relationship with First Nations, particularly the Lheidli T’enneh.
“Whether it’s looking at lumber, or looking at pulp, or bioenergy, wood is at the centre of our economy,” said Frizzell. “Replenishing that wood is essential”
CN, Tree Canada, and the Government of Canada are providing funding through the Canada 150 CN Ecoconnexions programs for 50-60 new trees that will be planted around the CN Centre parking lot, both along 18th Avenue and Ospika Boulevard. The sugar maple, elm, oak, and linden trees are being planted this fall.
“The fact that we’re adding greenery to the area around CN Centre and the soccer fields is exciting,” said Lori Needham, national account manager for CN. “In total this project will add about 60 trees and 25 shrubs to the Prince George area.
In addition, BC Hydro is funding an additional 90 trees that will be planted in the median on Ospika Boulevard between Ferry and Massey. These trees will include a fruitless crabapple, lilac, maple, and buckeye – planting will start this fall and is expected to continue in the spring.
“This year, Tree Canada is celebrating its 25th anniversary,” said Bob Baker of Tree Canada. “During that time we’ve helped many communities, like Prince George, realize their potential by becoming better treed and environmental conscious.”
He added that over the past 25 years, Tree Canada has helped plant 82 million trees.
The total contribution for the new trees is approximately $27,000.