Tree Planting

The Value of Native Trees and Shrubs 

Trees and shrubs native to the Wabanaki-Acadian forest are well adapted to our local climate, soil conditions, and the presence of native fauna. Native plants are more resilient to environmental challenges, including extreme weather events and changing climate patterns, and are often more resistant to pests and diseases compared to non-native species. In addition, they provide food, and habitat for native wildlife, including insects, birds, and mammals. 

Native trees and shrubs are not only important for ecological reasons but also hold cultural and historical significance. Wabanaki-Acadian species have likely been a part of the region's landscape for centuries, forming an integral part of the local heritage. By prioritizing the planting of these native species, you contribute to the preservation of the cultural and historical identity of the Wabanaki-Acadian communities. 

Benefits of Tree Planting 

Environmental Benefits

Benefits for Humans

Planting Summary 2023

SAWIG's 2023 crew surpassed the target of planting 1200 trees for our annual tree planting initiative! A total of 1715 native trees and shrubs were planted at 14 locations across the watershed, with volunteers from neighboring areas and the community contributing to the effort. Our focus on riparian zones, coastal areas, and farmland aims to create buffer zones extending at least 15 meters from wetlands. The diverse species planted, including bayberry, maples, willow, and more, contribute to the overall plant diversity in Stratford. 


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