News and Press and LTVCA's Greening Partnership commemorate local eminent trees

Photo of the staff at the Heritage Tree project launch in Chatham-Kent. and the Lower Thames Valley
Conservation Authority launch the
Heritage Tree project in Chatham-Kent.

As part of a rolling program of community involvement, local editing company, will be partnering with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Area (LTVCA) to create a Heritage Tree Project. This project will nominate native and well-known trees in the Chatham–Kent area. Each tree nominated will receive a plaque, and the data collected will be used to create a map of all selected trees. This map will be available for tourists and citizens alike. The project's goal is to create interest, protection, and to preserve the genetics of these specimen trees unique to the Chatham–Kent area. Trees of the same variety have also been planted throughout Chatham–Kent to increase tree cover and the continuation of native tree growth.

"TD Bank recently estimated the value of Toronto's trees at $7 bn, but that figure didn't include their cultural significance," said Terry Johnson, vice president of "Many trees are planted to mark an occasion, so they form a part of Chatham–Kent's rich history. Mapping them will increase their value to the community, encourage tourism, and promote outdoor activities that contribute to a healthy lifestyle." staff attended a plaque laying ceremony on July 2, 2014. The plaque will mark a tree of historic significance in Tecumseh Park. Randall Van Wagner, Environmental Project Coordinator at the LTVCA, will give a talk on the background of the tree, outlining its importance to the environment of Chatham–Kent

The Heritage Tree Project reinforces's commitment to the local environment as seen in its regular tree planting activities, which involve the company's staff as well as donations to the Chatham–Kent Greening Partnership.

"Through the financial support of the Heritage Tree Project, has once again supported conservation efforts in Chatham–Kent," said Van Wagner. "Through the Greening Partnership of LTVCA and the Chatham Horticultural Society, we are going to identify trees of historical, biological, or cultural significance throughout the Municipality of Chatham–Kent."

The LTVCA runs a number of environmental projects to improve the lives of Chatham–Kent residents and visitors. The Heritage Tree Project aims to record and map trees of significance in the region to help protect them from removal. has provided funds for the Chatham–Kent tree inventory.


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