VANCOUVER, April 20 /CNW/ - British Columbia Transmission Corporation
(BCTC) has provided a $50,000 contribution toward a joint project with the
Tree Canada Foundation in support of the foundation's flagship Community
Greening Program and the Coastal ReLeaf Program initiatives that plant and
care for trees.
"Every tree planted makes a difference in helping to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions," said Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Richard
Neufeld. "BC's Energy Plan sets a course for environmental leadership and
initiatives like this focus on our natural strengths."
"This innovative partnership with Tree Canada is an example of how by
working together, individuals and organizations can make an important
contribution in honour of Earth Day," announced Jane Peverett, BCTC President
and CEO. "With the Foundation, we are supporting British Columbians in their
efforts to green the environment by increasing green space and enhancing
habitats for community enjoyment. This partnership is one element of BCTC's
commitment to environmental leadership and sustainability."
"Tree Canada is most pleased to be involved in this initiative and proud
to be associated with the British Columbia Transmission Corporation in
celebrating Earth Day," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. "We are
pleased to have this opportunity to work together."
The Community Greening Program will provide funding for B.C. communities
to beautify parks, greenways, community and open space areas by planting
trees. This program also educates the public about vegetation management
practices and the benefits of trees in communities.
The Coastal ReLeaf program is a new program which was set up to restore
trees damaged by the recent rain, snow and windstorms that have battered
B.C.'s west coast. BCTC will provide funding to replant trees and restore
habitat in communities damaged by storms. The program will also provide
homeowners who, due to these storms, have lost trees on their property with a
rebate coupon worth up to $80 on the purchase of a replacement tree.
Tree Canada is a national charitable organization working in partnership
with business, public agencies, institutions, First Nations and a variety of
non-government organizations at the provincial and local level to plant and
care for trees.
British Columbia Transmission Corporation is the Crown corporation
responsible for the planning, operation and maintenance of the province's
publicly owned electrical transmission system.
For further information:
For further information: about the Community Greening Program: contact
Paul Skydt, Tree Canada Community Advisor, at email@example.com, or ph. (604)
582-1082; B.C. Coastal ReLeaf Program: please visit
http://www.treecanada.ca/bcreleaf/index.htm; Media contact: BCTC, Kera
McArthur, (604) 699-7336 (o), (604) 317-1314 (c), www.bctc.com; TREE CANADA
FOUNDATION, Suzanne Valiquet, (613) 567-5545 (ext. 224),