Scouts plant 400 trees at Halton Region Waste Management Site

7th Annual Scout Tree Planting Event
Scouts plant 400 trees at Halton Region Waste Management Site
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Gary Carr

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In 2006, Gary was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Gary sits on the Standing Committees of Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and Public Works, in addition to a number of Advisory Committees. Gary is also a member of the board for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and served on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Metrolinx.

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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. 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.

Halton Conservation and the Scouts were presented with 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.

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