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Tree Canada planted 78,000 trees in the region

Last Updated Sep 17, 2018 at 12:21 pm MDT

Charred trees due to the wildfire. NKS Photography. Used with permission.

Tree Canada’s #OperationReLeaf – Fort McMurray program has helped plant 78,000 trees in the region.

This summer, Tree Canada provided more than $400,000 in funding to over 200 residents and seven community groups in the RMWB.

The #OperationReLeaf – Fort McMurray program is designed to help residents of the RMWB replant trees after the 2016 Horse River Wildfire.

As part of the program, Tree Canada partnered with FireSmart Canada and the Municipality to provide grants to residents and community groups in the region looking to plant fire-resistant trees on private property, according to FireSmart principles.

“Tree Canada is dedicated to supporting re-greening efforts in the RMWB,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “Our hope is that these community grants were supportive in helping residents rebuild their properties after the 2016 Horse River Wildfire and encouraged all homeowners throughout the region to implement FireSmart practices in their own backyards.”

Tree Canada and CN will host a recognition event on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 for those who took part in the program this summer.