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Scouts plant 400 trees at Halton Region Waste Management Site

From left to right: Co-Founder of the Birdhouse Foundation, Tim Withers; Conservation Halton Vice-Chair and Regional Councillor, Cathy Duddeck; Halton Beaver, Jack Kowalchyk; Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr; Co-Founder of the Birdhouse Foundation, Connor Withers; Regional Councillor, Mike Cluett; Conservation Halton CAO, Hassaan Basit and Scouts Canada Special Event Coordinator, Bob Collison.
From left to right: Co-Founder of the Birdhouse Foundation, Tim Withers; Conservation Halton Vice-Chair and Regional Councillor, Cathy Duddeck; Halton Beaver, Jack Kowalchyk; Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr; Co-Founder of the Birdhouse Foundation, Connor Withers; Regional Councillor, Mike Cluett; Conservation Halton CAO, Hassaan Basit and Scouts Canada Special Event Coordinator, Bob Collison.

On Saturday, April 29, Halton Region partnered with Conservation Halton and Scouts Canada for the 17th Annual Scout Tree Planting Event. To celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, approximately 150 scouts planted 400 mixed-species trees at the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) in Milton.

“Halton Region is preserving and protecting the natural environment for all residents to enjoy,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “I am proud of the joint efforts of our local partners—Conservation Halton and Scouts Canada—who help contribute to the sustainability of our community.”

Chair Carr delivered remarks before presenting a commemorative birdhouse—built by the Birdhouse Foundation with reclaimed material from the HWMS—to recognize the effort of the volunteers. The birdhouse is permanently mounted in the planting area.

Conservation Halton CAO, Hassaan Basit, also took part in a brief opening ceremony at the event. Scout’s Canada Special Event Coordinator, Bob Collison, was also in attendance to join the scouts, many of their leaders and family members as they planted trees.

“Conservation Halton has planted more than four million trees since 1956 working in collaboration with wonderful community partners like Halton Region and Scouts Canada at events such as this one,” said Hassaan Basit, Conservation Halton CAO. “We thank all the Scouts and their families for coming out today to plant trees to help create a healthy and thriving ecosystem.”

Over the last 16 years, Halton-area scouts have planted more than 5,000 native, mixed-species trees. This initiative has contributed to the Region’s ongoing tree planting and maintenance program at the Halton Waste Management Site, closed regional landfills and commitment to environmental sustainability.

To learn more about the Halton Waste Management Site or its programs and services, visit halton.ca/hwms or call 311. To learn more about Halton’s commitment to protecting the natural environment, visit halton.ca/actionplan.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.