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Give an Environmentally Responsible Gift this Holiday Season
Do you have a "hard-to-buy-for" person on your holiday gift list?
The Meewasin Valley Authority, a conservation charity in Saskatoon, now has an environmentally responsible gift idea for the person who has everything.
In November the Meewasin Valley Authority joined "Trees In Trust", an innovative new program through which a resident or visitor can put their name on a piece of a Saskatchewan forest as a gift or keep-sake of their visit.
In exchange for a donation, you will have a piece of Saskatchewan forest dedicated in your name, or the name of someone else, forever. Donors will also receive a dedication certificate and a map showing where their piece of forest is. The program uses the funds raised to protect endangered wildlife habitats in the province.
With environmental responsibility uppermost in people's minds, many are looking for a gift that gives something back to the world. Mature forest removes CO2 and pollutants from the atmosphere and is a haven for wildlife. Andrew Lush, founder of Trees In Trust says, "By helping these woodland charities you can make a positive contribution to the environment while also giving a lasting gift to someone." Once a piece of land is dedicated, the woodland is protected in your name forever.
Dedications can be made through the Trees In Trust website. After paying on-line, a donor receives a mapped piece of forest and a dedication certificate, all instantly on the website. There are seven forests to choose from, each in an area of outstanding ecological significance, the latest addition being an island of cottonwood trees in the river just south of Saskatoon.