Every tree matters and every one of us can make a difference! That’s the message that was spread during the Town of Oakville’s annual Arbor Week, May 11-18. Whether it was at a workshop for arborists and urban forestry staff, helping grade four students learn how to plant and care for a tree, or celebrating the town’s success in fighting the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), one thing was clear: every tree counts!
“It’s a simple, but very important message for all Oakville residents,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “One of the town’s most unique features is its beautiful tree canopy. We all must work together to protect and enhance it for future generations. Every tree does matter as every forest begins with just one tree.”
During the final event of Oakville’s Arbor Week activities, Mayor Burton did his part, planting a red oak tree at Postridge Park on Friday morning. He was joined by several Members of Council, staff from the Parks and Open Space department and representatives from Davey Resource Group who sponsored this year’s festivities.
“We’re proud to support Oakville’s Arbor Week activities,” said Barb Rabicki, Canadian manager at Davey Resource Group. “The town has long been recognized as a leader in urban forest protection. Its staff has worked tirelessly to educate the public about the importance of trees to our environment and Davey Resource Group is honoured to be a part of Oakville’s efforts to promote and protect our urban forest canopy, creating a healthy community for all.”
During the Mayor’s tree planting event, Forestry staff also showcased the results of the town’s Ash Tree Replacement Program by highlighting 50 trees in the park that have been replaced after being destroyed by EAB. Oakville is leading the municipal effort against EAB. The town is managing Canada’s most aggressive EAB treatment program, which includes bi-annual treatment of more than 6,000 public ash trees as well as tree replacement initiatives for those that have been killed by the invasive pest.
Other Arbor Week activities included the sold out Urban Forestry Protection Workshop and Open House, community tree plantings at Joshua Valley Park and Iroquois Shoreline Wood Park as well tree planting events with grade four students at nine local schools.
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