More than $1 million worth of trees will be planted in Wood Buffalo starting this spring.
Tree Canada, a national tree-planting charity, announced Thursday they’ll begin “Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray” in May following an outpouring of support from residents and businesses across the country.
Members of Tree Canada visited the region twice last year to speak with experts and municipal officials to find where they can make the biggest impact.
“We’ll begin planting once we can get shovels in the ground. So right now, we’re focusing on Saprae Creek, Thickwood and Metis Local 1935,” Manager of Communications and Marketing Paul Jorgenson tells Mix News. “Next year the hope is we’ll shift our focus to Beacon Hill, which as you know, is one of the neighbourhoods badly hit by the blaze.”
Jorgenson says they will work with people on the ground in Fort McMurray throughout the process. He notes there’s a pretty strong likelihood of the project going into a multi-year endeavour.
“Right now, we know it’s tens of thousands of trees. I hope we can add a heck of a lot more to it with the support of Canadians from coast to coast.”
This will be one of largest single tree planting initiatives Tree’s Canada has undertaken in their 25-year history.