A newly planted tree in the Municipality of Powassan is marking the 50th anniversary of the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA).
The sugar maple tree was planted last week at Powassan’s fire hall.
“Recognizing the conservation authority’s half-century of watershed leadership, planting this sugar maple today, and giving our youth an opportunity to be active and discover what it means to be environmental stewards are all good things for the social, economic and environmental health of our community,” says Dave Britton, Powassan Councillor and NBMCA Chair.
Forty local youth took part in environmental games and activities before the tree planting to help them understand where drinking water comes from, the importance of wetlands, and the flow of water in a watershed.
The youth also received a red pine seedling to take home and plant.
“We are grateful to the Municipality of Powassan for helping us celebrate our 50th anniversary and proud to be planting this sugar maple together in honour of Powassan’s respect for the watershed,” says Chitra
Gowda, NBMCA’s CAO. “We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Powassan to protect municipal drinking water and the local and upstream waterways for another 50 years.”
Learn more about NBMCA 50th anniversary activities including the Boardwalk of Champions fundraiser and Watershed Heroes at www.nbmca.ca.