Elie will soon be a greener community thanks to a $25,000 grant from CN’s
EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program.
The grant is being used to buy between 200 and 300 young trees which will be planted in the community’s Joseph Legault Memorial Heritage Park and Magloire (Maggie) Park.
"This program will replace trees that have undergone considerable stress from unpreventable conditions in Maggie Park and Joe Legault Park," said RM of Cartier reeve Roland Rasmussen, speaking at a tree planting ceremony at Joe Legault Park on Aug. 27.
Some of the town’s trees were damaged when a tornado struck in 2007, and also suffered damage as a result of severe weather conditions during the past few years.
CN’s From the Ground Up program is run in partnership with Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom. The rail company invited communities across its rail network, with a particular emphasis on properties adjacent to its rail lines, to apply for tree planting and other greening programs.
"This will beautify the green space in Elie for everyone young and old to enjoy," said LUD of Elie representative Pauline Karsin.
CN trainmaster Troy Ducharme said the new trees will create a buffer between the rail line that passes through the town and the two parks.
He said Elie was one of 25 communities that received grants in 2012, with 30 more approved for this year.
"Your efforts towards the beautification of your community and sustainability efforts are truly something to be proud of," he told the municipal officials in attendance at the event.
Tree Canada representative Mike James said the organization is celebrating its 265th anniversary this year and has helped facilitate the planting of 80 million trees across Canada in that time.
He expressed good wishes for Elie’s tree planting efforts.