Announcing the 2014 recipients of Canon’s Take Root Program, presented by Evergreen

A group of people with shovels and reflector vests gather after planting trees with mountains in the background. Photo: Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee.Now in its third year, Canon's Take Root Program, presented by Evergreen, has supported more than 90 community-led tree-planting projects across Canada (Photo: Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee)

By Lauren Roberts, National Programs Assistant

Canon and Evergreen are proud to announce the 2014 recipients of Canon’s Take Root Program, presented by Evergreen—bringing the total of supported tree-planting projects to 90 with funds amounting to $450,000, since the launch of the program in 2012. This year alone, 30 communities from coast to coast have received funding totalling $150,000 for their community greening projects. 

Now in its third year, the Canon Take Root Program provides $5,000 and a Canon PowerShot camera to communities who wish to plant a minimum of 250 trees and/or shrubs in an effort to restore and maintain their local ecosystems. As a result, a total of 48,910 new trees and shrubs have been planted in community spaces across Canada—and this doesn’t include plantings that will be carried out this coming fall by our 2014 recipients. Factor in the over 5,669 volunteers that have participated throughout the process and this makes for a lot of green thumbs!

Along with native tree and shrub planting, stewardship and education, an important goal of the Canon Take Root Program is to promote community engagement and interaction among members. According to Tracy Brown of the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association, a recipient of the 2013 Canon Take Root Program grant, this was a big part of their project’s success: “While the ultimate goal of the day was to enhance the biodiversity and wildlife habitat around the manor,” said Tracy, “ultimately the biggest success was more than tree planting—it was the building of social interactions between seniors and youth.”

Among this year’s recipients are:

Cayoose Creek Indian Band – Lillooet, BC
Cayoose Creek Indian Band (CCIB) is a First Nations community comprised of 200 people in Lillooet, British Columbia. Their mandate is to foster a healthy community through a number of programs in health, housing and education. Since 2006, CCIB has also partnered with the Lillooet Naturalist Society to restore ecosystem health. Their Native Plant Education and Planting Days will bring generations together by engaging Elders and students, as well as local biologists and naturalists. Their goals are two-fold: to increase shade cover for fish who are affected by water temperature fluctuations and to educate participants about the importance of a healthy ecosystem. Students from George M. Murray Elementary and Cayoose Elementary schools, as well as homeschooled students, will participate in the planting events. CCIB hopes that these activities, along with other initiatives provided by the First Nations community, will help restore both traditional lands in the area and traditional cultural values of the community.

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation – Mississauga, ON
The Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the province of Ontario. Since 1954, the Foundation, located in Mississauga, has worked to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the Credit River Watershed. The Foundation’s Branch Out! program aims to educate local students about environmental and climate change issues. With curriculum connections in both Science and Geography, Branch Out! takes students out of the classroom and into their community. First, students participate in an in-class presentation about the environmental issues affecting their region and about safe practices for tree-planting. Then, students take part in the tree-planting process itself. Students also get to participate in a number of curriculum-linked activities at the planting site, such as measuring a tree in order to determine the amount of carbon it sequesters. In addition to educating students about environmental issues in their area and how they can take action, the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation hopes that the planting events that take place as part of the Branch Out! program will help restore areas in Brampton that were significantly affected by the December 2013 ice storm.

Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Saint John – Saint John, NB
Since 1992, the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Saint John has strived to engage the community of Greater Saint John, New Brunswick, in the management and restoration of local watersheds. According to ACAP, for nearly a century the mobility of both resident and anadromous fish (fish that migrate from the sea to fresh water to spawn) has been restricted due to alterations to the landscape over time. With their most recent project, ACAP hopes to remove significant barriers faced by the fish that migrate through these waters. They plan to construct two fish ladders and plant native trees and shrubs along the banks of the watershed in an effort to protect aquatic life, provide food for invertebrates and prevent erosion. This project will allow fish to migrate through the passage for the first time in nearly one hundred years! 

A man plants a tree. Photo: Junction Creek Stewardship Committee.(Photo: Junction Creek Stewardship Committee)

For the full list of projects funded through the Canon Take Root Program, and for other projects funded through Evergreen, visit the Across Canada map.

If you would like to start your own community greening project with the help of Canon’s Take Root Program, presented by Evergreen or if you would like more information regarding our grant programs check out the Funding Opportunities section of our website. If you would like additional information or if you would like to discuss your project, please contact the grants team at grants@evergreen.ca or reach us at 1-888-426-3138 x310.