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Mission Municipal Forest community celebration draws hundreds

April 4, 2023  By City of Mission

A tree planting event in Stave Falls, B.C., in honour of the 65 anniversary of Mission Municipal Forest drew crowds, even with weather that ranged from heavy rain, hail, snow, and eventually some sun.

“Despite the weather, Missionites showed their passion for the forest once again,” said Mayor Paul Horn. “It was wonderful to experience an event in the Stave Falls area and to remind people of the beauty of our forests.”

Over 130 trees were planted in the cutblock by families and approximately 300 people attended the event. Activities included an art table, axe throwing, a guided hike, and a sawing area. Residents also took home seedlings to plant on their own.

“This fun community event was a great opportunity to educate our residents about our reforestation program,” said Kelly Kitsch, senior forest technologist. “Our professional contract tree planters plant about 80,000 seedlings every spring, right after harvesting is completed. We plant western red cedar, Douglas-fir and western white pine seedlings, which are monitored closely for the next decade.”


See photos of the celebration here.

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