FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District voted on Thursday to apply to the BC Hydro Community ReGreening program.

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

The district says they chose to plant white spruce because the trees do well in sandy soil. Out of the 20 white spruce trees the district planted in the park a few years previously, 18 of them are thriving.

At the PRRD board meeting, Hudson’s Hope Mayor Dave Heiberg noted that beavers tend to leave the spruce trees alone, preferring to gnaw on aspen or cottonwood trees instead.

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.