7:30 a.m., June 13)
honoured by Canadian Wildlife Federation
Special to Orléans
MP Royal Galipeau was honoured by the Canadian Wildlife
Federation (CWF) in St. John's, Newfoundland on the weekend
for his efforts in making the National Tree Day an annual
was presented with 2012 Past Presidents' Award during
a ceremony on Saturday. The local MP has a long history
of community service; his family has long been active
in tree planting. Together, they have been responsible
for planting 200,000 trees in Eastern Ontario including
more than 4,000 trees in Cardinal Creek last month.
who has been responsible for planting 50,000 trees himself,
also conducts local plantings each year in recognition
of individual members of his community. Part of his motivation
for establishing National Tree Day, which falls on the
final Wednesday in Septembet has been to give his local
efforts a national platform.
have always been of particular significance for my family
and me, said Galipeau after receiving the award.
We first came to Eastern Ontario in the 1840s to
work in the forest industry. Now, 170 years later, the
forest industry accounts for 600,000 jobs in Canada, both
directly or indirectly, generating $50 billion."
course, trees affect more than just the economy. These
marvels of nature have played a central role in Canadian
history, in the environment and in society. That is why,
inspired by my father and grandfather, I have helped plant
more than 52,000 trees since my childhood."
"CWF's Conservation Achievement Award recognizes
the excellent work for wildlife being carried out across
our country," said Wade Luzny, CWF executive vice-president.
are thrilled with the depth and magnitude of all the nominations
we receive. These awards are one way to pay tribute to
what so many people have made their life work - to ensure
our natural heritage remains for future generations."
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