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Join LSETAC for an Earth Day Tree Planting Event - April 27, 2024

Laurentian SETAC will be supporting the Rotary Club of Guelph to plant the Hanlon Creek Forest. This 4.2 hectare site at 213 Clair Rd. West will form a critical but fragile link between two large important natural areas. The thousands of native trees and shrubs planted over the coming years will create a native forest community on the site. This will improve the habitat and provide additional cover and refuge for travelling wildlife. This is an opportunity to get involved with Laurentian SETAC and give back!


  • Bring your family and friends!

  • Plant trees and enjoy the environmental fair with a variety of booths, entertainment, and food.

  • Trees, shovels, mulch, pails, and planting instruction provided.

  • Wear boots and gloves for your comfort, and dress for the weather (rain or shine).


When? Saturday, April 27th, 2024, 9 am to 2 pm.

Who? Everyone is welcome!

RSVP to Carolyn Martinko (ccmartink@gmail.com) by 5 pm on April 26th, 2024.

Where? Planting site at 213 Clair Rd. West, Guelph; Parking, Site Access, and Environmental Fair at 335 Laird Road.


Laurentian SETAC members will meet in the parking lot at 9 am


Trees such as native oaks, sugar maples, and shrubs like serviceberries are popular with pollinators and are well suited to restoring our natural heritage system. While native trees and shrubs are critical to the survival of many pollinator species (e.g. bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, some flies and beetles and hummingbirds), other species rely on different plants such as wildflowers and even some native grasses for food and habitat. Adding these plants to the site will enhance biodiversity and species richness, benefiting the entire site. Attracting more pollinators to the site will also support other species up the food chain, such as birds, amphibians, spiders and others that prey on pollinators as larvae and as adults. Recognizing this, in addition to the 1,400 woody plants for this year, over 400 plugs of native Ontario wildflowers and grasses will be planted in clusters along the edge of the site. This new forest will help clean our air and water and become a home for nesting birds and other animals. As the forest becomes mature, it will sequester significant amounts of carbon every year. The trees you plant will benefit generations to come.



If you would like to donate, you can do so online at https://rotaryguelph.ca/ and specify in the comments section that the money is to support the Earth Day tree planting event.


See you there!

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