Hereâ€™s a chance to give a holiday gift that keeps on growing â€“ a tree.
A $30 donation to the Grand River Conservation Foundation will cover the cost of planting a tree as part of the annual reforestation program of the Grand River Conservation Authority.For your $30 you will receive a thank you letter, a tax receipt and a beautify holiday card suitable for giving to that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative. Or, the foundation will send the card directly to the recipient so it arrives in time for the holidays.Another gift-giving opportunity is a $20 donation to help offset the annual costs of caring for the dozens of miles of rail-trails and hundreds of hectares of forests and wetlands that are free to the public and add so much to the quality of life of watershed residents. These donors will also receive a letter, tax receipt and holiday card.
The trees will be planted on GRCA land in 2009 as part of its annual forestry program that sees more than 100,000 trees planted each year. The donor can request that the tree be planted in a specific watershed community.
Trees are an important part of the natural heritage of the Grand River watershed. Close to 95 per cent of the trees were chopped down in the 1800s as early settlers cleared land for farms and towns. However, during the past 50 years the GRCA has planted more than 26 million trees and the percentage of forested land has climbed to almost 20 per cent.
The Grand River Conservation Foundation is a registered charity created in 1965 to raise funds for environmental projects of the Grand River Conservation Authority.
To learn more about the GRCA forestry program and tree-planting program see the Forestry section of the GRCA website at www.grandriver.ca