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  • Nicolas Parent

Earth Day events honour forests and trees

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, the Outaouais Environmental Campus known as Éco Écho is organizing two events aimed at developing tree planting skills and building awareness on the importance of forests.

The first event will begin at 1:00 pm at the Chelsea’s arts centre, La Fab sur Mill. Following a presentation by Shelley Lambert, Director of Forêt Capitale Forest, and Paul Hetzler, Certified Arborist and Environmental Consultant, attendees will move on to Hendrick Farm for hands-on tree planting training. Éco Écho General Manager Shelley Crabtree explained that this workshop focuses on “getting the right tree in the right location.” “[With] a little foresight and a little planning, we can have trees last longer, spend less money, and have a greener environment,” added Hetzler in a seperate interview. In speaking about the practical component of the workshop, Lambert underscored the importance of hands-on experiences that engage senses and build confidence in prospective tree planters.

'Intelligent Trees' features the main observations that are covered in Peter Wohlleben's book such as the stump that has been kept alive by its neighbouring trees, the old tree-couple that looks after each other, the Mother Trees that suckle their offspring, etc. This film will be screening at 6 pm at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche on April 22. Google photo

Following the workshop, Éco Écho and partner Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais Regional County Municipality are hosting a film festival at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche Center. Beginning at 6:00 pm, the event will feature two films, Intelligent Trees (2016) and Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees (2016).

Expanding on Éco Écho’s motivation to organize these events, Vice-President and Co-Founder Christopher Minnes explained that “this forest is our collective concern and I think Earth Day helps us to get back to the reminder that taking care of nature is something that all of us need to take responsibility for.”

Both events are free of charge, although a 10 dollar donation is suggested at the film event. Proceeds will be directed towards the activities of Forêt Mondiale La Pêche Global Forests.


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