They say the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago – the second best time is now. On Saturday April 25, we decided to act ‘in the now’ for Earth Day! The CivicMuslims team partnered up with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to plant trees in the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area in Mississauga, Ontario. The sun was shining, the bees were buzzing and trees were waiting to be planted!
The Credit Valley Conservation team started our morning off with detailed onsite demonstrations on how to tree plant. Our team was then lead to a conservation area that had recently been clear-cut due to issues with the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. Learning how this small beetle decimated millions of trees in Southern Ontario helped our team to understand the importance of rebuilding our natural environment and sustaining our ecosystem.
Volunteers were shown digging techniques, mulching practices to prevent over-competition of weeds, and the importance of tree guards to prevent animals gnawing away at the bark. By midday, we had planted two dozen trees of various types: deciduous, coniferous and some small bushes.
We had such a great time with Credit Valley Conservation, and we are eager to reconnect with the organization in the near future for more tree planting!
By the numbers:
20 volunteers x 20 and counting new trees x a vision of sustainability =
a greener Toronto!