Tree Canada is taking an interest in helping you replant your lost trees this spring and summer.
The non-profit organization, which helped plant around 86,000 new saplings last year, is preparing for the second phase of their ‘Operation ReLeaf Fort McMurray.’
Manager of Communications and Marketing Paul Jorgenson tells Mix News they’re shifting their main focus from giant neighbourhood projects to people’s properties.
“This year is basically spread throughout the entire community and anybody and everybody who was affected in 2016 can apply for funding.”
Residents can receive up to $3,000 and groups can get up to $10,000 – to help them personally replant their new trees.
Tree Canada is also planning a couple of planting events to help some areas across the community.
Jorgenson says they will be planting larger trees that don’t need ten years to grow.
“Those are more expensive and present a more immediate benefit to the community – you don’t have to wait for them to grow into something.”
As for the number of trees, Jorgenson notes they won’t reach last year’s total but are still hopeful they can see thousands of new saplings sprout up across Fort McMurray.
‘The numbers aren’t going to be quite as impressive but the level of effort will still be very high.”
Depending on the need, he adds there’s a very good chance they’ll be taking on another initiative next year to help more residents.