'Tree-Tember' event offers trees in exchange for helping local food bank

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The Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT), EnCana Corp., and NLC have partnered for “Tree-tember,” an event that will include tree-planting at the college. EnCana has sponsored the event by purchasing 50, four-foot Blue Spruce trees to that will be planted in front of the campus along Eighth Street.

“What we’re looking to do is to make the college area look a little greener, so the trees are going to go along the fence line,” said Jen Brocke, eco-advisor for NEAT and one of the organizers of the event. “They will help with snow drifts, and also it is aesthetically pleasing. It’s also to draw the public’s attention to the college and the Northern Environmental Action Team, and to recognize EnCana for all its support.”

She added the trees will take time to mature, but will be a lasting legacy for the college.

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“It will take a few years, but the college is there to stay, and it’s definitely a great idea in looking towards the future of the college, for sure.”

There will also be 50, two-foot trees to give away to the community as well, and the public is encouraged to bring items for the Salvation Army food bank in order to be entered into a draw to win the trees.

The event will also include a barbeque by donation, a scavenger hunt facilitated by local middle school students, and some decorating of birdhouses made from old wood pallets. The event will also be used to launch a “pallet reuse” contest in Dawson Creek that will challenge participants to find creative ways to turn old pallets into useful inventions, said Brocke.

“We will have a few examples of things that have been built out of reused pallets there (at the college),” she said, adding they will host a pallet reuse workshop sometime in October.

The contest is also being sponsored by EnCana.

Brocke encouraged families to come on down to the college for the food, activities and the chance to win a tree.

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