Upton Farm Receives Legacy Forest Tree Planting

Upton Farmlands Receives Legacy Forest Tree Planting
Posted on 11/14/2019
A legacy forest of 100 trees has been planted on Upton Farmlands to commemorate CN’s 100th anniversary, in partnership with Tree Canada, the City of Charlottetown and Upton Farm Trust.

An event was held at City Hall on Thursday, November 14, announcing that Charlottetown was one of the communities chosen as part of a nation-wide initiative to plant 100 trees in several major cities. The trees were generously donated in conjunction with CN100 - A Moving Celebration, in honor of CN’s 100th anniversary.

“In our anniversary year, we will be rediscovering our North American routes, inviting Canadians to hop aboard our ‘Moving Celebration’ to experience how CN has been closely connected to communities and the positive impact we have had, and continue to have along our network,” said Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer for CN.

“Tree Canada is honoured to continue to partner with CN in our work to increase urban forests,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “With this special National Legacy Forest, CN is creating a living legacy of sustainability for present and future generations, providing funding and much-needed awareness about the value of trees and green spaces have to our wellbeing as well as the environment.”

The large caliper trees were planted on both sides of the TransCanada Highway at the entrance to the City of Charlottetown, along the North River Causeway. The site is part of the Upton Farmlands property, owned and managed by the Upton Farm Trust. The land falls under the Natural Areas Protection Act and is within the boundaries of the municipality, adding to the hundreds or trees the city plants annually.

“Each year, we plant trees along city streets and in parks and woodlands as part of our tree planting program, reforestation efforts, and forest restoration projects. This year, approximately 950 trees were planted, 182 of which were large caliper trees,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “Since 2012, we’ve planted more than 26,000 trees, recognizing the importance they play in our environment and in our efforts to address climate change. We are so grateful to CN and Tree Canada for including the City of Charlottetown – the Birthplace of Confederation – in this national initiative that aligns so well with our own goals.”

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About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is the non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Through our programs, research and educational efforts, we have helped restore tree cover in areas hit by natural disasters, guided communities in managing their urban forests, helped green 660 schoolyards and organized annual urban forest conferences. To date, with our community partners and sponsors, we have planted more than 82 million trees. www.TreeCanada.ca

About CN:
CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the Company’s website at www.cn.ca