Canada is working to plant two billion trees across the country and its efforts extend to Winnipeg.
Starting Wednesday, the Home Grown Grant Program will be accepting grant applications.
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The program is part of Canada’s 2 Billion Tree Pledge, which promises to plant the aforementioned amount of greenery across the country in 10 years.
As part of this effort, the Home Grown grant goal is to plant 71,000 trees across the city over the next five years.
“Canada’s commitment to plant two billion trees is a key part of our collective effort to address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources.
“Our partnership with the City of Winnipeg to launch the Home Grown Tree Planting Grant Program will plant over 71,000 trees. This will help capture and store carbon from the atmosphere, improve air and water quality, and enhance local biodiversity while creating sustainable jobs.
Community groups can apply for up to $20,000. Successful applicants will also receive one-on-one guidance from a city arborist to ensure continued success.
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“We are pleased that…recipients of this grant will soon be bringing trees to areas of Winnipeg that need them most,” said Kerienne La France, the city’s Urban Forestry Technical Services Supervisor.
“We know this grant program will help make tree planting and environmental stewardship more inclusive and accessible to all Winnipeggers. This is really the ultimate goal of this program.
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France says the additional funds will significantly increase the city’s annual rate of tree planting.
“Historically, our natural services branch would have planted between 700 and a thousand trees a year. They now aim to plant over 10,000 for their particular projects each year.
“And in the forestry branch ourselves, historically, we would have planted an average of 2,500 trees a year. But with this additional support, we are maximizing our ability to plant approximately 5,000 trees. »
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Anyone interested in applying for a grant can visit the city’s website.
Applications close March 1.
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