Ceremonial Tree Planting for NPCA's Canada 150th School Board Project

WELLAND, Ont. (November 14, 2017)— Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) celebrated the wrapping up of its Canada 150th School Board Project with a ceremonial tree planting which took place at Niagara Region Headquarters at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2017.
In partnership with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation (NPCF), NPCA presented one native sugar maple to the one hundred participating schools in the Niagara Region, Haldimand, and Hamilton. The trees were planted on the schools’ properties over the course of the summer and fall.
Each tree was accompanied by a poem celebrating the 150th birthday of the Nation, written by Pelham resident, Shirley Lazareth, and a photo of the Comfort Maple, taken by Niagara photographer, Anthony Gallaccio. These will be distributed to project partners starting on Monday at the event, and into the new year.  
“The Comfort Maple is widely recognized as one of Canada’s oldest sugar maples, and a symbol of Canada’s long history and heritage,” said Brian Baty, Regional Councillor and NPCF Chair. “The Canada 150th School Board Project was a great way to promote the maple trees and their relationship to our nation, so who better to share this with than the educational institutions within our watershed.” 
The purpose of the School Board Project was to bring together all levels of education, and as such, this final tree was planted in representation of the Niagara region’s post-secondary institutions: Brock University and Niagara College.  
“Niagara Region and our partners have a rich history of commitment to our local environment. Whether it is the Outdoor Education Camp Fund supported by the 2016 Regional Chair’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament, or the more than 100 schools planting trees and highlighting Niagara’s history, it is never too early to teach the next generation about conservation and our unique heritage,” stated Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin.
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For partnership opportunities, please contact Renee Bisson, Community Engagement Manager, at rbisson@npca.ca.


About NPCA:
The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the watershed, with programs that focus on initiatives that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion— while retaining our drinking water safe to drink.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is a registered charitable organization.
About NPCF:
Founded in 1969, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation (NPCF) is a registered charity dedicated to raising funds for the preservation and rehabilitation of our natural environment for present and future generations. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, it exists to support other local environmental non-profit organizations in the NPCA watershed and projects of the NPCA that include improved water quality, increased green spaces, wetland and habitat restoration, and environmental education.
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Ceremonial Tree Planting for NPCA's Canada 150th School Board Project