Community Tree Planting

Snetsinger Park and north corners of Pitt and Tollgate, Cornwall

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 (3 PM to 6 PM)

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) and the City of Cornwall are inviting community members to help plant 400 native tree and shrub species to enhance riparian zones bordering the south branch of the Raisin River in Cornwall. The May 18 planting event will take place on the north side of the Pitt and Tollgate intersection, with trees also being planted at the nearby Snetsinger Park.

“We have a diverse selection of species to plant, including wild plum, sandbar willow, black chokeberry, white oak, and a variety of heritage apple species,” says Jessica Herrington, the RRCA’s Stewardship Coordinator. “This is a great opportunity for residents to have a direct and positive impact on our local environment, contribute to the area’s tree canopy, and provide community access to native, edible species.”

The trees and shrubs will help protect the riverbank from erosion, while enhancing habitat for fish, turtles, frogs, and other wildlife.  

“This project to create a riparian buffer will help improve water quality and safeguard a critical spawning habitat,” says Angela Parker, the City of Cornwall’s Sustainability Project Coordinator. “Even though this site is in a high-traffic zone, it is still frequented by fish and turtles.”

Residents wanting to join the planting effort are asked to gather at Snetsinger Park at 3 PM. The RRCA will provide shovels as well as a tree planting demonstration. Participants are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle, and to wear gloves, long pants, and sturdy footwear.

The two tree planting projects have received funding support from the Government of Ontario’s Community Environment Fund, as well as Earth Day Canada.