Rotary Loves Trees
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  • 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.

Rotary Loves Trees receives $10,000

Rotary Loves Trees receives $10,000 grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Rotary Loves Trees’ 2022 planting year has been given a huge boost with a $10,000 grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation(TD FEF). TD FEF has worked for over 30 years to help protect the environment and “green” communities across Canada. “

“We are delighted that TD FEF has decided to join our Belleville community’s tree planting partnership”, said Melanie Cressman, chairperson of RLT. “With their help we expect to have an exciting year. 2022 will be our biggest planting year since we started in 2020”.

With TD FEF’s support added to the efforts of two of our other major partners, Quinte Conservation and the City of Belleville, RLT has established a goal of 6,000 tree plantings for this year.

The first planting of the year will be on May 1st at the Clarence Bird Park, 34 Hampton Ridge Blvd.  The planting of about 2,000 native species of trees and shrubs will re-establish a natural shoreline along both sides of the creek that runs through the park. Natural shorelines help in removing contaminants from the creek runoff and protect water quality.

“This planting will further our community’s efforts to restore native trees and shrubs to our urban landscape, to strengthen  eco-system health, support wildlife and  sequester atmospheric carbon to slow the impacts of climate change”, said Maya Navrot, Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator with Quinte Conservation.

One of RLT’s major objectives is to engage people in the community to help beautify and protect the environment of our local area. If you would like to join us in this planting , please click on (volunteer). Another way to get involved with making Belleville a better place to visit, live or work is to donate trees for planting , click on(donate).