I am stunned and disappointed that the City would not use the silva cells (New project in downtown Lindsay supports healthy tree canopy – August edition of The Lindsay Advocate) on both sides of Kent Street.
Consider this an introduction to a collection of remarkable local residents. Some were here long before any of us were born and will be here long after we die; some are, comparatively, youngsters; one is dead. All of them — even the one that’s dead — contribute immeasurably to our town and ask little in return.
Your guide is Tom Mikel, coordinator of Fleming’s urban forestry programs. Each year he takes his students on a field walk to check out these residents, our Lindsay trees. Described here are the ones that always impress those students, that impressed me when he took me on a tour, and that might just impress you, too.
An incredible 250 trees and shrubs were planted recently at Lavender-Blu EcoFarm in Seagrave, spearheaded by a Lindsay couple who operate ‘Plant a Forest.’
Richard and Sandi Gauder’s ‘Plant a Forest’ concept is not an organization, though. It’s a grass roots concept: just buy trees and plant them, according to Richard Gauder.
Last month the Advocate reported on the loss of the 13 trees in Lindsay’s tiny Peace Park, located just north of Central Senior Public School on Albert Street. All were ash, all were infested by emerald ash borers. It was, on a small scale, a foretaste of what is happening across the City; experts say all of our 24,000 ash trees will succumb.
For Peace Park, the loss was particularly poignant: A plaque mounted near the stumps let visitors know the trees had represented not only our ten provinces and three territories, but “hope for the future.”
Peace Park sits on a small, irregular plot of land just north of Central Senior Public School. It’s bordered by Albert Street., Peel Street W., a parking lot used by LCVI students, and a home. You might not have been aware it’s a park: there are no benches or play equipment. Until very recently what it consisted of was a stand of trees. There were thirteen of them, all planted in 1992, which is the year the park was dedicated.
The number 13 was significant, as a plaque explains: “The trees are symbolic of Canada’s Provinces and Territories and represent a link with one another, with nature, and as a symbol of hope for the future.”
A Norland area forester has planted her 1,000,000th tree on a property near Norland in May.
Eleanor Reed has been a planting delivery agent for the 50 Million Tree Program since it began in 2008. The program is managed by Forests Ontario and was funded by the Province of Ontario until 2019 and will be funded by the federal government in 2020 – 2025, after the Province under the Conservative government cancelled the program.
Through the program, Reed planted trees for over 150 landowners in Kawartha Lakes and surrounding municipalities. She established nearly 1300 acres of forest. These young forests sequester significant amounts of carbon every year and help to mitigate the effects of climate change.
We have all noticed it lately while driving around the Kawartha Lakes. A farm goes up for sale. Once sold, the big machines go in and cut down the trees between the fields, often piling them up into piles for burning. Then the spring rains come. The field, without trees, doesn’t drain well. There are new boggy areas. The new landowner, at considerable expense, has someone come in to lay the long plastic pipes to tile, or drain, the field, in hopes that this will solve the problem. But this is not the only problem that has been created.