Whitby’s Lynde Shores receiving 3,000 new trees from Trees for Life

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Published November 10, 2022 at 1:49 pm

Lynde Shores, Whitby

Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby will be getting a $50,000 makeover for their tree canopy, thanks to funding from the Great Lakes Local Action Fund which will see 3,000 native trees planted.

The provincial investment is to Trees for Life, which will complete work begun last year to improve wildlife habitat and water quality and provide flood and run-off management for shoreline adjacent areas. The organization will also ensure trees and shrubs are in the right place to reduce the potential for runoff and erosion that can harm freshwater lakes.

“Through this investment, we’re supporting innovative projects led by Ontario municipalities, community-based organizations, conservation authorities, small businesses and Indigenous communities that are protecting and restoring the Great Lakes and their connecting waters,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “Project grants from the Great Lakes Local Action Fund are helping communities and organizations promote environmental stewardship and take action in their own backyards.”

This project is one of 38 community-based projects to receive $1.9 million in funding from the Great Lakes Local Action Fund.

“I am pleased to congratulate Trees for Life on receiving $50,000 from the Great Lakes Local Action Fund,” said Whitby Member of Provincial Parliament Lorne Coe. “Trees for Life will be able to complete the Lynde Shore Conservation Area while improving, protecting and restoring the shoreline of Lake Ontario.”

Since 2021, the province has invested $3.8 million through the Great Lakes Local Action

Fund to support 82 projects in communities across Ontario. In its first year, the fund supported restoration projects that engaged more than 7,000 volunteers to help plant more than 44,000 trees and 15,000 shrubs to support diverse and resilient shoreline habitats. These projects helped clean up more than 26,000 lbs of litter and restore and protect over 860 acres of vital greenspace and wetlands.

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