Until June 6th, it is Arbor Week in Saskatchewan.
The week is aimed at providing time to appreciate how trees and forests contribute to the quality of life, our communities and the natural environment. It starts with Arbor Day, which is marked by the planting of trees and was celebrated this past Friday.
"It's hard to imagine a Saskatchewan street without its trees, and the shade and beauty they provide," Environment Minister Warren Kaeding said. "This week, let's all take the opportunity to notice the trees growing in our neighbourhoods and how much they add to our lives, each and every day."
Some of the activities planned for Saskatchewan are being planned by the SOS Trees Coalition. The events being planned this year include helping teach the how-tos of planting trees.
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt
In a release to mark the week, the provincial government noted some of the benefits trees provide, including habitat for wildlife, producing oxygen while also capturing and storing carbon, and providing places for recreation and reflection.