Volunteers needed to plant trees during Earth Week

A group dedicated to restoring natural habitat within the Rouge Valley is looking for 1,500 volunteers to plant 5,000 trees and shrubs as part of its annual Earth Week event.

10,000 Trees for the Rouge is hosting its signature event at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28.

The first day is set-up day, when plants and equipment will be moved into the field. Organizers are encouraging anyone who has planted numerous times to consider volunteering as a planting coach to guide small groups of tree planters by demonstrating property tree planting technique. Hands-on training will also be offered on set-up day, which begins at 8 a.m.

The second day is tree planting day, with planting events held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers are asked to take a shovel, two- or five-gallon bucket, water bottle and Eventbrite ticket. High school students completing community service hours should also take their high school volunteer form. Volunteers should wear long pants, boots or sturdy footwear, and gloves. Portable toilets will be available.

Registration is required. Bruce Mill’s Conservation Park is located at 3291 Stouffville Rd. in Whitchurch-Stouffville. Parking will be available. Follow the 10,000 Trees signs to Open Acres.

Since 1989, 10,000 Trees for the Rouge volunteers have helped to restore more than 250 acres of fragile watershed land. Its plantings protect creeks and streams in the Rouge watershed from soil erosion, helping to link existing islands of forest and extending wildlife corridors, the organization reports.

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