Stony Plain Town Council has agreed to match up to $25,000 in potential funding to meet the requirements of Canadian National Railway’s EcoConnexions Grant for a maximum budget of $50,000.
On March 26th, CN made a presentation to Council on the upcoming twinning of the railway through Stony Plain. At that time, Council and Administration were told of the EcoConnexions Grant. The grant, offered by CN in partnership with Tree Canada, provides funding of up to $25,000 for the planting of new trees in communities along CN corridors.
Administration submitted an application for the maximum amount of $25,000. In order to meet expectations, a matching commitment of $25,000 from the Town of Stony Plain is required. If received, the grant money will be used to replace sections of trees removed from neighbourhoods in the Graybriar subdivision in order to accommodate the CN railway twinning taking place this year.
“We knew it was important to apply for this grant because we recognize the importance of the Graybriar forest area to residents,” says Town Manager Tom Goulden. “This treed area provides a visual and sound buffer along railways, allows refuge for songbirds and other wildlife, and creates an area for residents to walk, play, and enjoy nature.”
If the grant application is approved, members of the community and official dignitaries will be invited to an event similar to Stony Plain’s Arbour Day tree planting celebrations. The event will take place in August and will include a ceremonial tree planting and a presentation of a plaque to the Town.
“Seeking out this funding is just one of the ways the Town of Stony Plain works to maintain our ongoing commitment to the earth,” adds Stony Plain Mayor William Choy. “Our trees not only contribute to the beautification of our community, they also help purify our air. Ensuring their replacement is an important priority in order to reduce our overall impact on the environment.”
To see the latest updates on the CN railway twinning, visit www.stonyplain.com/construction.
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