Volunteers at the City of North Vancouver will be planting over 2,000 native trees and shrubs throughout the city over the next week in a series of community planting events to boost the city’s urban forests, climate resiliency and community spirit.
The City is hosting a planting and community celebration on World Rivers Day, Sunday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mosquito Creek Park. This event is held annually in September to raise awareness about local streams and habitat and to celebrate the local ecosystem. During the event, volunteers with the City Park Stewards will plant over 650 native trees and shrubs, nearly doubling the amount planted last year.
In addition to the planting, this family-friendly event will feature information booths from local community groups, a bike repair café, weaving with invasive plants, and children’s activities.
To learn more about the event and to register to volunteer in the planting, visit cnv.org/RiversDay.
Two additional planting events of over 1,400 native trees and shrubs are taking place this week. The first planting is taking place on National Tree Day, Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Larson Park and is being organized by Tree Canada.
The second planting is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 at Lynnmouth Park and is being organized by Prince’s Trust.
“Urban forests are increasingly recognized as a critical part of a healthy and sustainable city and form an important part of a city’s green infrastructure. Urban forests reduce stormwater run-off, filter air pollution, provide shade and temperature regulation (reducing the urban heat island effect), stabilize soil and capture and store carbon,” says CNV.