Scouts help South Nation plant three-millionth tree

At the Rideau Scouts' Camp Sheldrick in North Dundas, South Nation Conservation (SNC) oversaw the planting of its three millionth tree. In the ceremonial photo are (in front) John Mesman, SNC, and Quinn McPherson, 11, Youth Spokesperson for the 104th Ottawa Scouts. In back, from left: Doug Thompson, Past Chair, SNC; Archie Mellan, Councillor, South Dundas; Mayor Eric Duncan and Deputy Mayor Gerry Boyce, Township of North Dundas; Mayor Fernand Dicaire, Township of Alfred and Plantagenet and Chair of SNC; Bill Smirle, Vice-Chair, SNC; and Lawrence Levere, SNC. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

NORTH DUNDAS — South Nation Conservation has reached a major milestone, planting its three millionth tree since 1990 when it introduced a partnership program with private landowners and public organizations.

The occasion was celebrated May 5 at Camp Sheldrick, Township of North Dundas, with the planting of a 1,500-tree windbreak backed by more than 200 regional Scouts. A white pine was planted as the official three millionth three.

“The Scouting movement has always been a great supporter of tree planting,” said John Mesman, SNC Team Lead, Communications and Outreach. “Most of the trees planted during our community events have been planted by scouts, which is why we felt strongly about sharing this milestone with them.”

Forests help filter the air and protect the quality and quantity of drinking water. They offer shade, reduce erosion, shelter wildlife, and provide valuable forest products.

“SNC partners with community groups and partner organizations on public tree planting projects every year,” said John Mesman. “Every year, more than 100,000 native trees and shrubs are planted by SNC staff, partners, and private landowners, along stream banks, on vacant land, in managed forests, and on properties donated to SNC by owners who want to keep them in their native state.”

Along with water quality and flood management, wildlife and habitat enhancement, education and awareness, reforestation is one of the cornerstone programs of SNC, which in 2017 celebrated its 70th anniversary.

“There are never too many trees,” Mesman emphasized, pointing out that despite ongoing planting efforts, the forest cover threshold across SNC’s jurisdiction, on average, has fallen below the minimum set by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

SNC’s General Manager, Angela Coleman noted that the tree planting program has been one of SNC’s mainstays and a truly remarkable undertaking by volunteers and staff.

Think about it … three million trees! That’s a lot of trees and a lot of dedication and effort, a goal only realized thanks to buy-in from the community at large. Next stop: our four millionth tree!”

In the video below, Area Scouts helped South Nation Conservation hit a milestone three million trees planted on Saturday. The three-millionth tree was among the 1,600 planted that day at Camp Sheldrick by youngsters hailing from various parts of the Scouts Canada – Voyageur Council, which leases the North Dundas camp property from SNC.

 

 

Among those planting 1,600 pines in a 25-acre field at the camp were (from left) Kellan O’Halloran, Karen McNaught, William Klein and Wyatt McClenahan of the 1st Osgoode Scouts. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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