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.

Chair Carr presented 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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