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Posted: September 11, 2018

BC Hydro helps green Columbia Valley Centre

The District of Invermere is growing shade with the addition of 35 new trees at the new community centre.

To help restore and retain green space in urban areas, BC Hydro is providing $5,500 for tree planting at the Columbia Valley Centre. Aspen, birch, spruce, larch and pine trees were planted over a two-week period in July.

BC Hydro’s funding was provided through the Community Re-greening program. Since 2011, the District of Invermere has received $39,300 through the program, allowing for trees to be planted at numerous sites throughout the community.

These sites include street trees in the downtown core, Mount Nelson Athletic Park, Pothole Park, Lions Park on 12th Avenue and numerous locations within the Kinsmen Beach recreational space.

In the East Kootenay this year, BC Hydro is providing nearly $22,000 in support of six municipal tree-planting projects.

In association with Tree Canada, BC Hydro works with tree planting partners across British Columbia to help with the re-greening efforts of municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations communities. The program is specifically designed to consider awareness and sensitivity to the proximity of power lines within each project plan.

For more information on the Community Regreening Program.

Lead image: The District of Invermere has planted 35 trees at the Columbia Valley Centre this summer, with help from a $5,500 Community Re-greening grant from BC Hydro. Pictured, left to right: Dave Meadows, Peter Von Niessen, Rory Hromadnik and Stacey Harrison, District of Invermere, with Krista Ohman-Relph, BC Hydro.

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