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National Forest Week Begins with Seedling Giveaways

September 20, 2010 7:09 AM | News

Manitoba's National Forest Week runs until September 25. (CHRISD.CA)

It’s National Forest Week in Manitoba and the province is giving away free tree seedlings to the public at various locations this month.

Under the Trees for Tomorrow program — launched in 2008 — the province committed to planting more than five million trees in Manitoba by 2012. So far, Manitobans have planted or been provided with approximately 2.4 million hybrid poplar cuttings and conifer seedlings.

The public can pick up seedlings at the following locations:

  • Today (September 21) and tomorrow at the Manitoba Conservation office, 200 Saulteaux Cres., between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Today at the Manitoba Conservation offices in Lac du Bonnet, The Pas, Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage and Snow Lake between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • September 21 and 22 at The Forks Market between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • September 21 at the Riverbank Discovery Centre in Brandon between 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

September 22 is Maple Leaf Day and Manitobans are encouraged to play a role in offsetting Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions by planting a tree this fall.

The seedlings being given away were grown at the Province’s Pineland Forest Nursery in Hadashville.

More information on Trees for Tomorrow and the tree seedling giveaways can be found at ThinkTrees.org.