RRDS is working with the Town of Fort Frances, Fort Frances High School, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to identify and label trees along selected active transportation routes in Fort Frances.
The purpose of this project is to educate the public, and get them thinking about trees. Trees on municipal property are being mapped by Fort Frances High School and Youth Stewardship Rangers using GPS equipment. At the completion of the project, walking maps will be created. Once all the tree locations and species have been identified, some will have small signs attached to them, showing the tree's common, scientific, and Ojibway names. We have put up 6 signs so far. The signs are minimally invasive, and will allow the trees to grow for 2 to 3 years before the sign needs to be inspected, and possibly replaced.
Work began with Grade 11 and 12 students at the end of the 2015-16 school year, continued on with the Youth Stewardship Rangers during the summer of 2015, and will continue with Grade 11 and 12 students during the 2015-16 school year.