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Spring tree planting for a healthy lake

Community comes together in the rain

About 30 volunteers turned out in the pouring rain Saturday to plant 450 trees in Barrie's south end.

The community tree planting took place at Loon Avenue near the storm water pond that outflows into Lovers Creek and is part of a larger initiative called The Creeks Project. 

The Creeks Project is a community-focused restoration project led by the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority in partnership with the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, the City of Barrie, and various local community partners including the Brereton Field Naturalists.

The aim of the project is to improve and restore the health of the creeks by planting trees near watercourses that feed Lake Simcoe to help protect the health of the lake. 

Nancie Knight, communications specialist with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, says trees and shrubs help filter harmful pollutants from entering creeks and streams, provide habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife, and help slow urban storm water en route to the Lake.

"In addition, tree planting is an easy and fun way you can get involved in caring for your community," said Knight. 

The site at Loon Ave. was chosen due to its proximity to Lovers Creek.