City of Regina to Plant 250 Donated Trees at A.E. Wilson Park
The City of Regina will plant 250 white spruce trees in A.E. Wilson Park on Boreal Island in north-west Regina this afternoon. The trees were donated to the City by the Wascana & Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility (WUQWATR) as a part of the Saskatchewan Tree for Life Program.
“The City is grateful for this generous donation,” says Councillor Shanon Zachidniak. “Adding 250 trees to our urban forest is a positive step toward our goals of becoming a more environmentally sustainable city, reducing our carbon footprint and planting one tree per citizen in our natural spaces.”
“We chose to plant the donated trees in A.E. Wilson Park as it is a naturalized and open space with lots of tall grass, giving the seedlings the best chance of survival,” says Russell Eirich, Manager, Open Space Services, City of Regina. “In time, the trees will help mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. They will also provide habitat for wildlife and will help reduce erosion along the river shoreline resulting in improved water quality.”
WUQWATR will also be giving away 250 blue spruce saplings to individual Regina residents. The saplings will be available for pick-up on a first-come first-served basis at 1 p.m. at the A.E. Wilson Park parking area at Dorothy St. and 5th Avenue. Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.
WUQWATR was allocated 3,000 trees in total through the Saskatchewan Tree for Life Program, which is aimed at educating and increasing public awareness of climate change and promoting positive environmental impact by distributing and planting 24,000 trees across Saskatchewan. For more information, visit saskwatersheds.ca.