FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District directors will discuss whether they’ll apply to the BC Hydro Community ReGreening program for $7,500 on Thursday to purchase and plant mature white spruce trees at Blackfoot Regional Park.

The grant would allow the district to buy 30 spruce trees that would be planted before the park opens for the 2022 camping season.

In a report, Trish Morgan, General Manager of Community Services for the PRRD, says the benefits of regreening/vegetating outdoor spaces, include enhancing open spaces, beautifying parks and outdoor recreation areas, creating natural habitats, bringing the community together, and supporting environmental action.

The Community ReGreening program supports planting trees and other vegetation that help enhance ecological networks across the province.

The grants are open to all municipal governments and Indigenous governments within BC Hydro’s service area and fund small-scale community planting projects.

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