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Tree Canada planting 5,000 FireSmart-approved trees near Confederation Way


(Fort McMurray, AB – May 30, 2019) – A tree planting project is now taking place on the hill next to Confederation Way. Crews are working to plant 5,000 trembling aspen seedlings in this project area.

This tree planting project is sponsored by Tree Canada through the Arbor Day Foundation – two organizations that are helping to re-grow the urban forest here in the region. To date, Tree Canada has helped to plant over 83,000 trees in the region since the May 2016 Horse River Wildfire.

All 5,000 seedlings are FireSmart-approved tree species that are being planted according to FireSmart guidelines. FireSmart trees are those that are deciduous in nature, as opposed to evergreen.

“When we think about the term FireSmart, we often think about the vegetation management projects we conduct to remove fuels and hazards from our forests,” said Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief. “But we’re also working closely with groups like Tree Canada to re-plant FireSmart-approved trees in our community.”

Since the wildfire in 2016, the Municipality has been working to monitor areas across the region, to ensure the urban forest is re-growing as it should be. The Municipality has also been working to help restore the natural beauty of the landscape, by identifying new areas that are both suitable and safe to plant FireSmart-approved trees.

“When it comes down to it, it’s all about planting the right tree in the right place,” said Butz.

This tree planting project next to Confederation Way is one of many tree planting projects taking place across the region. Residents are reminded to use caution near all tree planting sites as seedlings are small, hard to see and easy to damage.

For more information, call PULSE at 780-743-7000. 



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