October 16, 2008
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York teams with Lake Simcoe Public School for Tree Planting

Planting event part of the York Region Adopt-a-Stream-Crossing program
NEWMARKET – Under the York Region Greening Strategy, The Regional Municipality of York will be hosting a tree-planting event with students of Lake Simcoe Public School in Keswick on Friday, October 17th. 
The event is part of the Region’s Adopt-a-Stream-Crossing program that helps protect water quality by planting or re-planting trees near rivers and streams that have been impacted by Regional roads.  Supporters of this project include Environment Canada through the Lake Simcoe Cleanup Fund, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and York Environmental Stewardship (YES).
When:   Friday, October 17th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Where: Amberlee Creek (North side of Ravenshoe Road, east of Thornlodge Drive, between the Queensway and Woodbine) Community of Keswick, Town of Georgina
Participants:  Students from Lake Simcoe Public School in Keswick
On-site contact: Pam Fulford, Stewardship Specialist, The Regional Municipality of York
 * Please note that parking is available along Thornlodge Drive
• The Adopt-a-Stream-Crossing Program is a partnership between York Region, Conservation Authorities and YES, with a common goal: to help preserve the health of Lake Simcoe streams.
• Planting trees along streams at Regional road crossings helps prevent build-up of sediments, phosphorus, salt and other pollutants, while creating a natural filter for water.
• The program encourages schools and other groups to become stewards of the environment.
• The goal of the program for 2008 and 2009 is to plant 2,000 trees at 15 different stream sites in the Lake Simcoe basin.
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1232 or Cell 905 251-6419
 Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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