The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club today announced $9,956 will be donated to Tree Canada to purchase and plant 2,489 trees to assist with the Alberta forest recovery process.
The pilot project was first announced at the Calgary Zoo on National Tree Day Sept. 26, 2018. Hitmen players participated in the community throughout season doing their part to reduce their ecological footprint by raising awareness of local environmental issues. Highlights included Hitmen Go Green videos on upcycling, city cleanup, water conservation and alternative energy along with recycling and composting.
“It’s pretty awesome to think that over 2,400 trees will be planted because of Calgary Hitmen fans and players,” said Rob Kerr, Assistant Manager of Business Operations. “We look forward to planting more trees in the 2019-20 season as we grow the One Ticket, One Tree program.”
“We are proud to be able to make the trees available and to help heal the community of Fort McMurray,” adds Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “We are moved by how much this will have an impact to those who have already lost so much, to be part of rebuilding the community through our Operation ReLeafTM re-planting program will mean a lot to those residents.”
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. treecanada.ca