WELLINGTON COUNTY – The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is cancelling all spring tree planting activities for 2020.
The cancellations, announced on April 3, include online orders, community planting events, private land tree planting projects, as well as the GRCA’s annual tree sale in May.
Following social distancing requirements, the GRCA reduced its operations with most staff working remotely. For a number of reasons, it would be difficult to practice appropriate social distancing measures while continuing with the usual tree planting activities this spring.
“Some activities, like packaging trees and loading/unloading trees, require that people work alongside one another, and while we can encourage people to maintain physical distance, some incidental contact between people is still likely to occur,” says Lisa Stocco, GRCA communications manager.
“The safety of our staff and the community remains our highest priority.”
The press release states that some of the GRCA’s nursery partners may also face potential disruptions to their operations.
GRCA staff involved in spring tree planting activities are contacting customers, suppliers and community partners directly to advise of the cancellations, as well as to provide options for deferring projects or processing refunds.
For more information on regarding tree orders and tree planting activities, visit the GRCA website.