Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship is proud to partner again with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the City of Penticton for the 8th annual TD Tree Days taking place Sunday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverside Park in Penticton.

Stretching along the west side of Riverside Drive, Riverside Park is a hub of recreational activity in the summer months but it also contains an essential wetland habitat. In an effort to enhance the park and create an effective buffer zone to protect the wetland, last year more than 60 volunteers joined together to plant 550 native shrubs.

“We were just thrilled with the turnout at last year’s event and made tremendous strides in restoring this area that supports life for many species of fish, birds and amphibians,” said OSS executive director Alyson Skinner. “We have a bit of filling-in of plants damaged by the flooding this spring but mostly we are beefing up the riparian area by planting an additional 1,000 shrubs, with a focus on pollinator plants!”

Pollinator plants that attract bees, butterflies, beetles, moths and other pollinators, provide a critical ecosystem service needed to sustain natural habitats as well as agricultural activities. In addition to pollinating food plants, many pollinators also control unwanted pests and improve soil quality.

Today insect pollinators are in an alarming state of decline with several species red-listed and in danger of extinction.

TD Tree Days is TD's flagship urban greening program, providing communities the opportunity to bring people together to demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship in their local communities.

Volunteers are asked to arrive a few minutes early to receive planting instructions. Be sure to dress for the weather, wear appropriate footwear, bring gloves and a shovel. Please note the event will take place rain or sunshine.

To register to volunteer go to www.tdtreedays.com and follow the links. For more information call Skinner at (250)-809-1980.

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