Reforestation grants from Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro enhance urban forests

Posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017

The tree canopies in the City of Kitchener and the Township of Wilmot just got a little greener, thanks to reforestation grants from Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro.

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro provides annual reforestation grants to support local municipalities as they work to enhance their urban forests and to compensate for the impact of utility tree trimming done throughout the year to maintain a safe, reliable power supply. This year, the municipalities were each awarded $45,000.

“The City of Kitchener has long recognized the importance of trees in an urban environment, from providing shade and improving air quality, to providing urban wildlife with a natural habitat,” says Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Our forestry team works very hard to ensure the health and resilience of our urban forest and this grant will go a long way to helping us achieve our goals.”  

“Trees and the natural environment play an important role in helping make the Township of Wilmot a desirable place for people to live, work, and visit, and this grant helps us maintain and sustain our natural environment tremendously. We thank Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro for their ongoing support,” says Wilmot Township Mayor Les Armstrong.

Since 1990, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro has provided more than $1.7 million to enhance our local urban forests.

“We are proud to be able to provide these grants to the municipalities we serve,” says Jerry Van Ooteghem, President and CEO of Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. “These grants enhance neighbourhoods, trails, and parks we can all be proud of, and benefit from, for generations to come.”

Learn more about Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro's forestry management program.