(From left to right) Curt Chaplin, Smokey Lake Tree Planter, Doug Lapitsky, SWF, Ken Chaplin, Smokey Lake Tree Planter, Mike Gutzer, Smokey Lake Tree Planter.

Tree Canada is pleased to partner with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) once again to plant over 32,000 white spruce seedlings on three sites (totally approximately 20 ha.) in the Canora area adjacent the Assiniboine River, as part of Tree Canada’s National Greening program, a mass seedling planting program which targets areas in need of reforestation or afforestation across Canada.

Coordinated by a Tree Canada contractor, in consultation with Darren Newberry, the SWF Land Manager and a local branch representative, Doug Lapitsky, the project, continued over two years, will see over 52,000 seedlings grow across 33 of hectares of land.

As the planting sites act as an important green buffer and wildlife corridor,

(From left to right) Curt Chaplin, Smokey Lake Tree Planters and Ken Chaplin, Smokey Lake Tree Planters.

the reforestation will further improve the habitat for wildlife and increase the enjoyment of the area by outdoor enthusiasts. The reduction of wind erosion and the stabilization of the soil brought about by the planting will also result in a cleaner Assiniboine river and watershed for generations to come.

Tree Canada gratefully recognizes and acknowledges the work and contribution towards this project from the tree nursery suppliers (PRT and Clearwater Greenhouses), Dunkley Lumber and the in-kind services provided by the SWF for the site preparation.