A new grant program is being introduced to encourage more people to plant trees in the damaged areas.
Tree Canada and FireSmart Canada are starting a new community program through Operation “ReLeaf Fort McMurray.”
Residents can receive up to $300 to plant trees on their property, which were either damaged during the wildfire or live next to an adjacent greenspace where there’s been a firebreak. Trees can’t be planted on municipal property except for “municipally-sanctioned community planting days at designated areas.”
“We’re dedicated to returning this community to its former beauty,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada, in a release. “It is my sincere hope that this initiative will help to bring back and revitalize cherished urban green spaces in the community.”
Community groups are also eligible to receive up to $5,000 for their own re-planting or for purchasing trees for residents “affected by the wildfire.”
Tree Canada is planning on returning to Fort McMurray next Spring to finish their more than $1 million operation. They are hoping to plant tens of thousands of trees by next year.
Anyone looking to support the initiative can go to TreeCanada.ca and contribute to ‘Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray’.