YORKTON – The Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association took part in Arbor Day celebrations May 21 at the site of the Yorkton Brick Mill.
"Since we began through YFBTA, when we began one of the things that we did was to arrange for a signal event...where with YFBTA members we'd gather to ceremonially plant one or two or three or four trees," said Walter Farquharson, board member for the YFBTA, in an interview with Yorkton This Week.
To commemorate Arbor Day the YFBTA planted evergreens along the south side of the Brick Mill property and will also give trees away to those who might have their own Arbor Day plans.
"It's all part of a promotion so that as many people as possible would find ways to get involved in planting or caring for trees and appreciating their importance within our communities and our world," said Farquharson.
Farquharson said he was happy with the turnout for the event and encouraged adults to help youths get involved, "the whole hope is that more and more people will get involved planting trees," said Farquharson.
"I think that when adults plant trees with young people — with kids from the school or kids in your family or neighbourhood — they'll remember that and they begin to understand the importance of and the joy of planting trees," said Farquharson.
For those wishing to join the YFBTA, they can do so through the organizations Facebook page or by contacting a member.
Farquharson said that the group holds many outings throughout the year and that interested peoples don't have to be members.
"You don't have to be a member to come along on some of those — we just want as many people as possible to grow in their understanding and appreciation of the world of nature."