Pictured left to right: Gabrielle Ethier, Jordan Ann Kevan de Haan, Gurnoor Singh
Story submitted by Jordan Ann Kevan de Haan, Professor and Program Coordinator, Environmental Technician
Twenty-one Environmental Technician students helped plant 300 trees at Chevrier Park in Cornwall on Tuesday September 28th. This opportunity was made possible by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, who supplied the trees, equipment, and guidance, as well as the City of Cornwall, who provided an accessible location for the event.
This field work was completed as part of a course called Environmental Issues and Solutions, Jordan Ann explained. “While most of this course is being delivered online, this opportunity gave students a chance to connect with each other and the environment while expanding their professional network. I am proud of the hard work they accomplished!”
For Modesto Romero Vargas, a student from Mexico, planting trees was an amazing opportunity to learn more about Canada’s natural environment and sustainable development. “It was a great activity where we made a small difference for our planet while meeting our classmates and enjoying the outdoors.”
"I really enjoyed planting trees with the Raisin Region Conservation Authority and my fellow students,” said Winter McDougall, a student from Cornwall. “Trees play a very important role in the management of watersheds and drainage as they help combat soil erosion and surface run-off, minimize property damage. They are also key to providing habitat for birds, squirrels, rabbits, and animals in our region. It felt great being more involved in the community and helping an organization like the RRCA to promote local biodiversity.”