Shell and Tree Canada to plant 120,000 trees across Canada



    CALGARY, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Shell and Tree Canada today announced an
extensive tree-planting program. Backed by a $235,000 contribution to Tree
Canada from Shell, the program will see more than 120,000 trees planted across
sites in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec that need
reforestation.
    "Shell's work with Tree Canada contributes to greener communities and is
an important component of our voluntary commitment to reduce greenhouse gases
(GHGs)," said Rob Seeley, General Manager of Sustainable Development for
Shell's Oil Sands division. "While we are making progress on GHG-related
technology - such as energy efficiency plans and carbon capture and storage -
tree planting remains an integral and visible component of our voluntary GHG
management portfolio."
    The bulk of the tree-planting program will occur in Fort St. John,
British Columbia and the Buffalo Lake Moraine Conservation Area near Stettler,
Alberta and will include replanting of lands that have been affected by the
mountain pine beetle outbreak. Other sites include Quebec City (to help
commemorate the city's 400th anniversary), the Toronto waterfront area, and
Stanley Park in Vancouver to help restore the damage caused by last fall's
windstorms.
    The tree planting will result in an estimated 100,000 tonnes of carbon
dioxide (CO(2)) sequestration.
    As part of the program, Shell employees are at the Buffalo Lake Moraine
Conservation Area today taking part as volunteers in the tree planting
activities. Approximately 70,000 seedlings will be planted on the 65-acre
site.
    "The success of our tree planting program hinges on the leadership of
companies like Shell," said Michael Rosen, President, Tree Canada. "We are
thrilled they are contributing both volunteer time and funding to this
important program. It is a relationship where we both benefit."
    Since 1998, Shell and Tree Canada have planted 716,000 trees across
Canada, resulting in an estimated 420,000 tonnes of CO(2) sequestration.





For further information:

For further information: Cherine Badwi, Public Affairs Representative,
Oil Sands, (403) 990-5362; Suzanne Valiquet, Communications Coordinator, Tree
Canada, (613) 567-5545, x 224


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