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Laurentian SETAC Celebrates Earth Day by Planting Trees

To celebrate Earth Day, to off-set some of the carbon that our annual general meetings produce, and to give back to the community that hosted our last general meeting, Laurentian SETAC members got involved in the Rotary Forest Earth Day event at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. The Rotary Club of Guelph has proposed to plant trees on 40 hectares of land that have been acquired around the Guelph Lake Conservation Area. This was the 8th year that the community was asked to get their hands dirty for the purpose of accomplishing this goal. The event was not exclusively about the hard work of planting trees. There was a BBQ, live music, and a number of interesting exhibits. For example, the University of Guelph’s Biobus, which is a rolling DNA barcoding laboratory, was on site to discuss the work they are doing and present some of the species that they have been cataloguing. If you’re interested, L-SETAC will be getting involved in this event next year, so keep an eye out for our e-mails. As well as tree planting, to celebrate Earth Day and to off-set our carbon footprint, L-SETAC has donated $1000 to The Grand River Adventure. The Adventure involves paddling the entire stretch of the Grand River to raise money for tree planting efforts being coordinated by the Grand River Conservation Authority. The Adventure starts at the Riverview Bridge south of Dundalk and continues along the Grand River and into Lake Erie. For more information, or if you are interested in donating, check out the Grand River Adventure Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/grandriveradventure. –Submitted by Ryan Prosser

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