April 16, 2004

York Region "digs" Earth Week with tree planting event

 NEWMARKET - York Region joins the world in celebrating Earth Week from April 19 to 24, 2004, by helping to plant a forest. Residents are invited to take a walk and plant seedlings in the York Regional Forest as part of Earth Week festivities.
When:  Saturday April 24, 2004
Time:   10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: York Regional Forest, North Tract
  (west side of Hwy 48, north of Vivian Road and south of Hwy 9)
Meet forest legend Smokey Bear.  Learn both the bad and good things about forest fires. Bring a shovel and your work gloves to plant tree seedlings.  And take a tree seedling home to plant.  
Remember to dress appropriately (long sleeves, long pants and a hat). This event will occur rain or shine and it is cooler in the forest.  Bring a pair of sturdy, closed-toe comfortable boots and remember your sunscreen, bug repellent, hand sanitizer and drinking water.  Children under eighteen years of age must be accompanied by a supervisory adult. 
Parking is available, but please car pool if possible. There is no cost to participate in this program.
York Region Earth Week activities have been organized by various York Region departments and community partners: York Region Health Services, Transportation and Works (Solid Waste Management Branch and Natural Heritage and Forestry Services), Water for Tomorrow, York Region Transit, Planning and Economic Development Services, Sodexho and Windfall Ecology Centre.
For more information call Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit Earth Day Canada

Contact:  Wendy Lewis, York Region Corporate Communications Services
   905-830-4444 Ext. 1238

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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