Camrose puts grant toward planting trees in Stoney Creek Valley

A group of citizens got to work reforesting the former snow dump site near the 50th St. railway underpass on a cool and humid Saturday, June 13. Camrose was a successful applicant to CN's EcoConnexions From the Ground Up grant, receiving $20,000 to plant 3,500 trees in the Stoney Creek Valley.CN awarded the grant, which is administered by Communities in Bloom and Tree Canada, to 35 communities out of about 160 applicants in an effort to promote environmental sustainabilty within the company and the communities in which it operates.The "Greening Camrose" proposal was made by the Camrose Wildlife Stewardship Society, a group of representatives from the city, the Wildrose Outdoor Club, the University of Alberta Augustana Campus, The Camrose Ski Club, Camrose and District Fish and Game Association and others, who support the work of the society with many volunteers and funding.About 1,500 of the trees have been planted so far by seven groups of local schoolchildren, Scouts and others.The goal of reforesting areas through Stoney Creek Valley is to control erosion, stabilize banks, protect wildlife habitats and preserve the valley for the enjoyment of everyone. href='' - -