BC Hydro celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 24, by talking to students at McKim Middle School and Kimberley Independent School about the value of trees.
Children at the two schools were encouraged to think about the benefits they receive from trees. They learned to watch for power lines when climbing trees, and to stay 10 metres back from downed power lines.
Jim and Louise Welsh of Premier Trees, Skookumchuck, donated two seven-foot blue spruce trees, one for each school, which were planted on Friday. Canfor donated 300 larch, Douglas fir and spruce saplings so that each student could take home a tree and care for it in their own yard.
Mark Krahn, an ISA certified arborist with BC Hydro, was thrilled to share his passion for trees with the students.
“I feel it is important to educate people about proper tree care and pass this information down to our children so that future generations can enjoy the benefits of mature, healthy trees,” said Krahn.
For more information about trees and power lines, visit www.bchydro.com/trees. To learn more about proper tree care, visit www.treesaregood.org.