LONDON, ON, May 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Ed Holder, Member of Parliament for
London West, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable
Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community
Funding Program for a new environmental project in London, Ontario.
ReForest London will receive $55,000 in federal funding over three
years to support local action to protect wildlife and natural habitat.
"ReForest London has as its goal to plant one million trees in our City
of London, the Forest City. What we all know is that trees play a
significant role in Londoners' quality of life—environmentally,
culturally and economically. ReForest London, through its strong
community partnerships, will help leave an incredible legacy of trees
for our kids and theirs," said MP Holder.
"Our government is taking real action to address the environmental
priorities of Canadians and ensure we have clean air, clean water, and
biologically diverse land for generations to come," said Minister Kent.
"EcoAction Community Funding supports community groups across the
country willing to take concrete action through on-the-ground
environmental projects. We are proud to partner with these
organizations that are committed to conserving Canada's natural
As part of this project, community volunteers will improve woodland
areas and wildlife habitat by planting native trees and shrubs that
will improve 2.5 hectares of land at public parks and natural areas
across London. These activities will be done with the help of at least
500 volunteers, who will be trained in effective tree planting
techniques. The volunteers will also learn about the value of trees to
local ecosystems and to human and environmental health.
"We are thrilled with the funding from Environment Canada to plant 3,500
trees and shrubs in 10 London parks. We'll work with Londoners who care
about our Forest City to green our community and contribute to London's
Million Tree Challenge. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute,"
said Julie Ryan, Director of Programs for ReForest London.
The EcoAction Community Funding Program supports projects that
rehabilitate, protect or enhance the natural environment, and builds
the capacity of communities and individuals to ensure future
protection. This year, the Government of Canada is providing over $4
million for over 100 new projects under this Program.
More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is
available on Environment Canada's website, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Environment Canada's Twitter page: http://twitter.com/environmentca
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