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Putting the Tree in Forestry

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Organization:Mississauga Urban Forestry

Date: April 15, 2011

Location:Tom Chater Park (3195 The Collegeway, Mississauga)

Facilitator: Hazel McColl, Parks and Forestry Coordinator; John MacKinnon, Urban Forestry Coordinator

About the Organization: The Mississauga Urban Forestry department plays a huge role in maintaining “climate moderation, air and water quality, erosion control, wildlife habitat, and air temperature control”. It is responsible for planting and protecting trees in the parks of Mississauga City.

Tasks: We planted several trees (white oak, pagoda dogwood, witchhazel, sambucus pubens, sugar maple, and chokecherry) and picked up litter at Tom Chater Park.

This was our first time planting trees as a group, so Mr. Neil took us there so we can experience first hand planting trees (we always say, it’s a good thing to do it, so how about we go out and do that, while learning why it is important). So, at Tom Chater Park, we planted trees in the interest of naturalizing the area (meaning, make it be like a forest as it should be but in an urban setting). We also picked up litter to promote cleanliness and the beauty of the park while maintaining a sustainable ecosystem (trash disrupts it through attracting unwanted wildlife or chemicals from trash seeping into soil or trash not decomposing).

By planting trees, we improve the biodiversity of the ecosystem, provide habitat for wildlife, and basically plant a carbon sink; with this, we hope to reverse the trend of climate change in our community. Furthermore, we gain the knowledge and skill set that will help us with our upcoming project of a community orchard. And by cleaning up the park, we make it more inviting and pleasant for people to appreciate its beauty and purpose.

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Written by Elvin Madamba

May 15, 2011 at 7:52 PM

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