The Society of Communicators and Networkers International (SCAN) in the Ecclesiastical District of Edmonton spearheaded a tree-planting activity on August 19, 2023 to contribute to the preservation of an ecosystem in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Officers and members led all other participants in planting 417 seedlings of native trees and shrubs along the perimeter of the stormwater pond ecosystem at Granville Storm Pond.
The activity was conducted in coordination with Edmonton’s City Operations-Parks and Roads Services and Root for Trees, the city’s volunteer tree-planting initiative.
Before planting the seedlings, the participants received instructions and tips from a program technician of Root for Trees by the name of Ashley Tymkow.
According to solitudelakemanagement.com, stormwater ponds in developed areas are used as water depots for rains. These “collect rainwater (stormwater runoff) that runs over impermeable surfaces such as parking lots, roads, and buildings.” Trees and plants, the website adds, contribute to preventing soil erosion in the shore and gives habitat to different organisms.
The SCAN officers and members, such as Ernesto Flores, SCAN president of the Local Congregation of Meadowlark, thus expressed gladness to have been of help in environmental preservation. “I’m so happy to help the communities here in Edmonton through this tree planting,” he said.
Suzette Ramos, SCAN officer from the same congregation said, “I’m excited and also inspired to participate in this socio-civic work in caring for the environment.” — With reports from Brian Justin Tacneng of INC News Section