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PA Food Coalition, City plant trees along Rotary Trail

By Communications on 6/15/2017

Tree to Our Nature, Canada 150 grant provides funding

Prince Albert, Sk. – The Prince Albert Food Coalition and the City of Prince Albert combined and were awarded one of 150 Tree to Our Nature grants to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. With the $5,000 grant trees, and edible trees and shrubs have been planted in three locations along the Rotary Trail.

     Tree to Our Nature requires native maple, a relevant Provincial tree and a symbolic
First Nations tree be part of the planting.  Manitoba Maple, White Birch (Saskatchewan’s emblem tree) and a Lodge Pole Pine (as selected by Prince Albert Indian Metis Friendship Centre Elders) were planted, along with a wide selection of edible fruit trees and shrubs.

     Apple trees, plum trees and pear trees along with Saskatoon Berry, Cherry, Haskap and Raspberry shrubs were planted along the Rotary Trail: a) by Miller Hill, b) behind Crescent Acres ball diamonds, and; c) in the west end of Mair Park. School children from W.J. Berezowsky Public School,  Ecole Vickers Public School and Queen Mary Public School assisted volunteers from the PA Food Coalition and City staff in planting the plots on Friday, June 9th.

     “The maple and birch will provide shade, beauty, homes and food for wildlife, air purification, erosion control along the river bank, and the edible trees and bushes nourishment for our citizens as they enjoy the beauty of our country”, said Debbie Schutte of the Prince Albert Food Coalition. “With the blessing of the Indian Metis Friendship Centre Elders, these trees will be symbolic of the incredible past, as Prince Albert is Saskatchewan’s oldest city.  The edible trees and shrubs provide access to food security which is a living legacy to mark Canada 150”.

     “All across the world, trees are a symbol of growth, strength, sustainability, hope, and peace,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “Our #Canada150 tree-planting celebrations are a perfect way to commemorate Canada’s legacy in a positive, meaningful and lasting way, all while engaging people from coast to coast to coast.”

     In total 49 trees and 224 shrubs were planted. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

For more information please contact:

Debbie Schutte                                                   Megan Quinn                                       Alissa Baker

Coordinator                                                          Program Manager-Canada 150       Parks Manager

PA Food Coalition                                               Tree Canada                                        City of Prince Albert

(306) 765-6528                                                    (613) 567-5545 ext. 230                    (306) 953-4800

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City of Prince Albert
1084 Central Avenue
Prince Albert, SK
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