Help Goderich Re-Green!

 

Note: More details can also be found on the Canadian TREE Fund website as many of TEAM Canada's Tour des TRees riders will be participating.

On October 21, 2011, the good folks of Goderich experienced 12 seconds of horror as a Class F3 tornado ripped through the centre and heart of their town. The tornado blew in off Lake Huron with little warning taking one life, injuring 37 and disrupting the lives of hundreds of residents. Homes and historical buildings were destroyed while hundreds of mature trees were uprooted or ripped apart turning this picturesque lakeside village into what better resembled a war zone.

The town has been cleaning up the mess and rebuilding homes and lives for just over one year now. And if you were to drive through Goderich today for the first time, you would think it was a quaint little town – except for ghostly absence of trees!

This fall will witness the beginning of a massive tree replacement operation on both public and private lands. The tree planting on public lands has been well planned and financed from various sources and will greatly help bring the original character and charm back to Goderich. As for private property owners who sustained damage and are still trying to get their lives back in order, replacing their trees is either low on their priority list or they can’t afford to do so. And this is where reTREEt America comes in. 

ReTREEt is a group of bicycle and tree enthusiasts with strong backs, sharp minds and big hearts who volunteer to replant communities that have sustained tree loss due to a natural disaster. ReTREEt America only plants trees on private properties and our goal is to have a 100% survival rate, which we back up through educating residents on proper planting techniques and long term maintenance of their new trees. 

The trees are sourced locally and paid for through the fund raising efforts of reTREEters and the local community. Our volunteers finance all of their own expenses to ensure that all of the money raised can go directly to the cause! 

On November 17 and 18, reTREEt America is coming to Goderich to partner with Goderich Trees (a local citizens group) and Trees for BenMiller (MNR and Huron County) to plant trees on private properties that were in the unfortunate path of the tornado. We plan to plant 150 to 200 50-70 mm trees in the downtown area and over 1,400 trees in a woodlot that was destroyed completely.

Presently, between local volunteers and reTREEters, we will have a small army of 75 to 100 tree planters but we still need more! Please visit www.retreetamerica.org or sign up and follow the planning on Facebook at www.facebook.com/retreetamerica.

 This will be an event you won’t want to miss with the local legion giving us their venue and food for Friday and Saturday night with local musicians lining up to entertain us. There is even talk of the reTREEters following the Goderich Trees float in the local Santa Claus parade.

If you can’t make it and would still like to be a part of re-TREEing Goderich, you could purchase a tree or two for the cause. Baker, one of the local nurseries, is basically giving away trees at $80 each, up to 70 mm, wire basket. Wouldn’t it be cool if an organization like OCAA or ISA Ontario wanted to subsidize the planting of an entire street? Hint, hint, nudge, nudge. For those interested in more details, we can send out the street names and numbers of trees per street.

If you want to help out, please send an email to greg@retreetamerica.org and we will put you or your donation to work. In addition, the Canadian Tree Fund is discussing the merits of partnering with reTREEt Goderich and will likely be offering a tax receipt and recognition to all sponsors. Hope to see you at reTREEt Goderich!  
— Greg Hill, CTF Trustee & reTREEt America Director

 

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