The students were taking part in “Tree-Tember,” an awareness-raising event hosted by the Northern Environmental Action Team (NLC), EnCana Corp., and the college. They were helping to plant 50 Blue Spruce trees on the college campus along Eighth Street.
“We’ve had a lot of students out to help out, which is great,” said Jen Brocke. “They are the ones we wanted to educate, they are the leaders of the next generation.”
Devon Lambert, a Grade 8 student from the middle school, was one of those happy to help plant the trees.
“It’s fun, and feels good for the environment,” said Lambert. “It’s just great to be here to help.”
He added he was very interested in taking a spruce tree home with him. There were 50 trees being offered up to the community through a draw, with donations to the Salvation Army food bank being solicited as the price to enter.
While some students were planting trees, others were painting birdhouses made from reused wooden pallets. That event was held in part to drum up interest in a “pallet reuse” contest that NEAT will host and EnCana will sponsor. The contest challenges participants to find creative and functional ways to reuse old wooden pallets, such as a birdhouse or a chair.
“There is actually one kid who said he built a big bike track in his yard built all out of reused pallets, so I said, ‘Take a picture, and enter it in!’” said Brocke. “Anything that you build where you are recycling or reusing a pallet qualifies.”
The final details of the contest are still being worked out, but more information can be obtained by contacting NEAT at 250-785-6328 or emailing Jen Brocke at email@example.com.
NEAT and EnCana have also partnered for a xeriscaping garden project and open workshop at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital on Sept. 29. EnCana is donating the materials and labour necessary to build a garden at the hospital using xeriscaping, a type of landscaping that seeks to eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. NEAT will use the occasion to host a free workshop on xeriscaping for all interested members of the public to attend.
More information on this event or any other programs or events offered by NEAT can be found by going online to www.neat.ca., or using the contacts listed above.