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Gary Carr

Gary Carr

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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The commitment of residents who worked together to save the White Oak Tree on Bronte Road in Oakville is again paying off as 1,000 White Oak seedlings are set to be planted across Halton Region, extending the legacy of the popular tree for future generations. The seedlings were planted five years ago when acorns were collected and planted to preserve the heritage and genetics of the White Oak Tree and the new trees will now green various parks, schools and naturalization areas throughout the community.

The citizen-led Woodlands Oak Tree Preservation Committee was instrumental in raising the money needed to help preserve the tree during the Bronte Road widening. To recognize their efforts, Halton launched the White Oak Nursery Program in 2009 and started planting acorns that have now grown to seedlings around 1.75 meters high.

Halton Regional Council protects and preserves Halton’s heritage and natural environment for current and future residents and the White Oak Tree Nursery Program is a natural extension to our commitment to a sustainable future. This program is a perfect example of community members working together with Regional Council and staff to help support the restoration and development of the tree canopy within public lands across Halton Region.

White Oak Acorn

The White Oak Nursery Program launched in 2009 and started planting acorns that have now grown to seedlings around 1.75 meters high.

As part of the Oak Tree preservation efforts, many local schools joined the fundraising efforts and were instrumental in raising the additional funds required to protect the tree in an amended plan to widen Bronte Road around it. A number of trees will be available for transplanting at schools around the Region to help recognize the efforts of the schools and their students. Similarly, by planting some of the trees in open spaces enjoyed by the public, the broader community can benefit from the preservation efforts.

As part of the White Oak Nursery Program:

  • Conservation Halton will receive 100 trees to help with the Glenorchy Naturalization project
  • Some trees will be planted along Halton Region’s Ninth Line (Regional Road 13) between Upper Middle Road (Regional Road 38) to Dundas Street (Regional Road 5)
  • Eight trees were planted last fall south of the White Oak Tree on Bronte Road with another six trees being planted this fall north of the tree
  • Halton will work with local school boards and the local municipal parks departments to determine appropriate locations for the remaining trees, ideally helping to replace some of the trees lost during last winter’s ice storm
  • A portion of the trees will be planted on Regionally-owned lands
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