WINCHESTER SPRINGS — Thanks to the support of TD Tree Days, dozens of volunteers of all ages, TD staff, and local Scouts braved the rain last Saturday to help South Nation Conservation (SNC) plant over 150 potted stock trees and shrubs at Camp Sheldrick.
Native trees including White Pine, White Spruce, Tamarack, Black Elderberry and Bur Oak were planted along Hess Creek to widen the existing stream buffer, reduce erosion, increase biodiversity and add to local forest cover.
Located off Nesbitt Rd. in North Dundas Township, Camp Sheldrick is one of SNC’s 14 Conservation Areas across its 4,384 square-kilometer jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario.
SNC leases the Camp to Scouts Canada at no cost for exclusive use by local Scouts, including the 23rd Nepean Scouts Group who were occupying the Camp for the weekend. Over a dozen Scouting youth were eager to get their hands dirty and help make a difference by participating in the planting.
North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser, Councillor Gary and SNC Chair Bill Smirle all donned rubber boots and helped out with the planting.
“Support from community partners like TD Tree Days allows us to keep putting trees in the ground,” said Taylor Campbell, SNC’s Communications Specialist, at the Sept. 28 event. “And I can’t think of a better place to do that than at Camp Sheldrick, a public natural space used for educational and recreational purposes by local Scouts.”
Every year, SNC adds thousands of trees to the local landscape by working with its partner municipalities, landowners, and community partners.
This year alone, SNC has planted over 140,000 trees on private and public properties across its jurisdiction; bringing the total amount of trees planted by the Conservation Authority to 3.2 million since 1990.
The TD Tree Days initiative aims to plant 1 million trees across Canada by 2030 through working with municipalities, Conservation Authorities, and First Nations.
“We have to thank the TD staff, local Scouts, the Township, and our community volunteers for being here today to help us plant these trees in the rain,” added Campbell. “Their efforts will work to protect and enhance our local environment.”