Grant to support local planting project at Millennium Trail - Niagara Falls Lions Legacy Pathway
NIAGARA FALLS, ON - Today, CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Tree Canada, Canada’s leading national tree-planting charity, announced the names of the 26 communities that are being awarded community tree planting grants. These grants are a part of the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up initiative that invests more than a half a million dollars in community greening projects across Canada. The City of Niagara Falls is pleased to have been selected to be one of this year’s participants.
With the $25,000 CN grant, the City of Niagara Falls will continue to expand the urban canopy by planting and caring for 170 new, native species trees. Most of the trees to be planted are flowering types, which will add significant beauty and support pollinators in the spring and fall. Land Care Niagara has donated 30 of the trees at cost in support of this urban environmental initiative.
Thanks to CN’s environmental leadership, the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up initiative has been greening communities since 2012 with sustainable, environmentally responsible tree-planting projects. Through its various tree planting programs, including From the Ground Up, CN has planted more than 2 million trees across Canada.
The City of Niagara Falls will work closely with Tree Canada experts to plan the tree planting project. A small ceremony to commemorate the CN grant and new trees will take place at the Millennium Trail, Niagara Falls Lions Legacy Pathway on September 24 near the end of the event which runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information on greening/urban forest/park beautification initiatives, please visit niagarafalls.ca/trees.
“Tree Canada, Canada’s only national tree-planting non-profit, is excited to continue our partnership with CN to bring CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up to deserving communities across Canada. With this program, CN is creating a lasting legacy of sustainability for present and future generations, providing funding and much-needed awareness to the value of trees and green spaces to our health and well-being, as well as the environment.”
– Danielle St-Aubin, CEO, Tree Canada
“At CN, we want to make a positive impact on the communities along our network, and together with our employees, retirees, and partners we are committed to fostering safe and sustainable communities wherever we do business. Since the creation of this program in 2012, with the support of our partner, Tree Canada, we have helped plant over 2 million trees in municipalities and Indigenous communities from coast to coast. By doing so, we are contributing to a sustainable future, one community at a time.”
– Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer, CN
“Keeping our city green and our tree canopy flourishing has truly been a community effort. With the ongoing commitment of CN EcoConnexions, Tree Canada, and our tireless volunteers on The Park in the City Committee, we keep making replanting a priority. Our goal in Niagara Falls remains: When we remove a tree, we replace it with two or three!”
– Jim Diodati, Mayor for the City of Niagara Falls
About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to planting and nurturing trees in rural and urban environments. Through our programs, research and engagement efforts, we have helped restore tree cover in areas hit by natural disasters, guided communities in managing their urban forests, supported over 700 schoolyard greening projects and organized urban forest conferences. To date, with our community partners and sponsors, we have planted more than 83 million trees. For more information visit treecanada.ca.
CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the U.S. South through a 19,500-mile rail network, CN, and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.
About The Park in the City Committee
The Park in the City Committee is an appointed volunteer committee of City Council that advocates for environmental responsibility and promotes city-wide beautification, recreational/active transportation, and civic pride through community action. The Committee advises City Council on issues regarding its mandate. For more information about The Park in the City Committee, please visit the City’s website at niagarafalls.ca/pitc.
For more information on CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up, visit Tree Canada’s website at: treecanada.ca.
For more information, contact:
For Tree Canada
Director, Communications and Marketing
t: 613-567-5545 ext. 230
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
For the City of Niagara Falls
Community Development Coordinator
t: 905-356-7521 ext. 3341