Rotary Loves Trees
The wise owl
  • Trees sequester carbon (CO2), reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that contribute to climate change. You need about 500 full-sized trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20,000 km/year.

  • An average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing.

  • Three trees planted in the right place around buildings can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50 percent.

  • Trees provide shelter and food for wildlife such as birds, squirrels, and bugs. Groves of trees provide food and cover for larger mammals, such as raccoons and deer.

  • Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

  • Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is building up in our atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

Quinte Conservation

Quinte Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities, and is a community based environmental protection agency.  Quinte Conservation manages a 6,000 square kilometre area and includes the drainage basins of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and all of Prince Edward County and is home to over 117,000 people living in 18 municipalities. Quinte Conservation owns over 30,000 acres of land ranging from small parcels to large tracts of over 1,000 acres, many with significant natural features.

Watershed-based services and programs are offered to protect people and property from flooding and other natural hazards, and to conserve natural resources for economic, social and environmental benefits.  Quinte Conservation works with in partnership with all levels of government, landowners and many other organizations;

  • to develop and maintain programs that will protect life and property from natural hazards such as flooding and erosion
  • to work in partnership with municipalities and others to protect life and property through the development of programs and services that minimize or prevent the impact of flooding and erosion.
  • to develop and maintain programs that will conserve natural resources
  • to ensure Ontario’s water resources are properly safeguarded, managed and restored
  • to protect, restore and effectively manage impacts on Ontario’s water resources such as lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater.
  • to protect, manage and restore Ontario’s woodlands, wetlands and natural habitat
  • to develop programs that protect natural heritage and habitats and promote watershed stewardship practices that lead to healthy watersheds.
  • to connect people to the natural environment
  • to provide opportunities for people to understand and appreciate the value of their natural environment as well as the social and economic benefits of protecting that environment.