he RM of Cartier is one of 25 locations across Canada which will receive grants through CN’s EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program.
The RM requested $25,000 to buy trees to be planted in a park on Main Street in Elie. The new trees will replace those damaged by a tornado in 2007 and other extreme weather the past few years.
Reeve Roland Rasmussen said the new trees will help beautify the town. A tree planting ceremony is slated to be held next spring.
CN’s From the Ground Up program is run in partnership with Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom.
"It’s part of our sustainability and community programs," said CN public affairs director Jim Feeny.
The company invited communities along its rail network to apply to the program for help with tree plantings and other green initiatives.
The program provides communities with grants of up to $25,000. Criteria for the grants includes a community’s ability to match funding provided by CN, how the project will engage members of a community and the long-term sustainability of a project.
Feeny said the response for the first year of the program was great. A total of 72 applications were submitted.
"We were delighted," he said.
The applications were judged using criteria established by Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom. The two organizations ranked a list of programs for CN which then selected the final candidates.
Tree Canada president Mike Rosen said his organization and Communities in Bloom also helped promote the program. As well, Tree Canada staff are offering their expertise on tree selection and care to grant recipients.
"We can help Elie with any technical assistance needed," Rosen said.
Proposals submitted by the City of Dauphin and West Souris River Conservation District were also approved for grants through the CN program.
Additional program information and application forms are available at www.cnfromthegroundup.ca.