West Kelowna to plant seedlings in recognition of Earth Day

Approximately 23,000 yellow pine seedlings are being planted in April throughout the District of West Kelowna in an effort to reforest four community parks.

On April 21, approximately 30 volunteers from the Liquid Lightning Swim Club and 10 volunteers from the Westbank Lioness Club will work with municipal staff to plant 4,000 seedlings in Sandstone Park, above Sandstone Drive in Shannon Lake.

The municipality also hired a contractor to replant 13,500 trees in Casa Palmero Park in the Casa Loma area—that work was completed last week.

This week the contractor is planting a further 1,500 trees in Eain Lamont Park, on the east side of Mount Boucherie. Later this month, an additional 4,000 seedlings will be planted in Jonagold Park, off Ridge Boulevard in the south Mount Boucherie neighbourhood.

Many of the seeds used to create the seedlings were taken from trees in West Kelowna in the spring of 2009, before the pines were destroyed in the Glenrosa forest fire.

Municipal staff harvested the seeds and shipped them to a nursery to be developed into seedlings.

The trees are being planted in areas that were cleared last year as part of forest fire mitigation work.

The district received $70,000 through the Union of B.C. Municipalities' Fuel Treatment Program and $209,000 through the Operational Fuel Treatment Program to remove mountain pine beetle-ravaged trees from Crown and municipally owned lands.

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