Minister Steven Guilbeault Delivers Earth Day Greetings to the Rotary Club of Guelph

April 22, 2022

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For over 14 years, the Rotary Club of Guelph has worked to plant over 60,000 trees in partnership with the Grand River Conservation authority. To celebrate this achievement,  Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament was on hand to plant the 60,000th three alongside hundreds of environmentally conscious volunteers from the Guelph community. This event coincided with Earth Day, and Canada's Miniser of the Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, virtually delivered Earth Day greetings on behalf of the federal government.

The Rotary Forest now covers 100-acres and contains a diverse variety of species native to southern Ontario, which will create a refuge for wildlife, capture carbon, clean our air and water, and provide a learning opportunity for our community's youth. The project began in 2007, thanks to the vision of a team of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Guelph in partnership with a team from the GRCA. The project's ultimate goal wasto increase the canopy cover in the City of Guelph and surrounding area by planting 60,000 trees by 2020 and create an exciting hub for the community, but this was postponed due to COVID-19.

While contributing to the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss, the Rotary Forest also gets Canada one step closer to the federal government's tree planting goal of 2 billion trees. It's just one example of how Guelph residents are stepping up to protect nature and fight climate change.