May 13, 2005

Ford plants 4,700 trees in ecological restoration project

St. Thomas, Ontario – Four acres around Ford’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant are “going back to nature” over the next two years, as more than 4,700 trees will be planted during a two-year ecological restoration project.

Employees, local high school students, air cadets and staff from the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority are volunteering their time to re-naturalize the area.

During May, volunteers will start to plant a wide variety of native trees under advisement of staff from the Conservation Authority. Species include poplar, tamarack, hard maple, Kentucky coffee, bitternut hickory, shagbark hickory, red oak and bur oak. Each is found naturally in the region and hopes are that the restored area will attract local wildlife.

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