Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Charity to Plant Thousands of Tree to Help Green Up Fire-Ravaged Fort McMurray

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Charity to Plant Thousands of Tree to Help Green Up Fire-Ravaged Fort McMurray

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Charity to plant trees to replace fire destruction

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FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A non-profit charity says it will plant thousands of trees in Fort McMurray to replace forested areas that were destroyed in the wildfire last May.

Tree Canada says the program will involve planting trees in publicly owned, natural, forested areas of the city.

The plan is to plant 30,000 seedlings this spring and larger trees in the fall and next year.

The charity says the trees will improve air quality in Fort McMurray and improve people's psychological well-being.

The trees are to include balsam poplar, trembling aspen, willow, and some conifers such as lodgepole pine and white spruce.

More than 80,000 people fled the area last May due to the flames that destroyed 2,400 buildings and torched lots of trees and vegetation. …

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