On May 9, one of our Grande Prairie office locations operated as a tree-packing area, hosting a breakfast to the volunteers of the Swan City Rotary Club and Alberta Forestry. Volunteers packaged seedlings for Grade 1 students in the Grande Prairie area in honour of Arbor Day. The Arbor Day Society in Grande Prairie has been handing out seedlings to local students since the 1960s. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872 and has since spread across North America with Canada officially embraced this tree-planting celebration in 1884. Alberta Forestry and volunteers have delivered over 70,000 lodge pole pine and white spruce seedlings to Grade 1 students province-wide. 1,739 seedlings were handed out to 42 schools in the Grande Prairie region.
Photo: Mike Pinnock, forester, baby Emery, and volunteers celebrate Arbor Day in Grande Prairie