NVCA Receives $13,000 Grant from The UPS Foundation Funds will support Community Tree Planting.


Utopia, Ontario (March 24, 2017) – The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority’s community tree planting project got a $13,000 boost from The UPS Foundation early this month. UPS® Canada’s Mark Howden, marketing director, and Kresimir Zemljic, community relations manager, presented the grant to NVCA at its office in Utopia, Ontario.

The UPS grant will become part of the larger community tree planting project. It will enable NVCA stewardship staff to create planting plans for multiple sites throughout the watershed, select and purchase site-appropriate trees and shrubs, and coordinate volunteer planting days.

“We depend on charitable donations, like the generous grant from UPS, to support our environmental restoration work. These donations go directly to on-the-ground (or in the water) stewardship projects that restore local habitats, enhance fisheries, and improve water quality,” says Shannon Stephens, NVCA’s Healthy Waters Program coordinator. “And it’s even better when they’re paired with volunteers, who get to be hands-on with habitat restoration. It’s a great experience, and as those plants grow, they can look back and be proud of what they helped create.”

UPS employees will lend a hand at the volunteer planting days, along with more than 200 local volunteers. Overall, the community tree planting project expects to plant 5,000 native trees and shrubs and restore 5 ha (12.5 ac) of streamside property in 2017. About a dozen volunteer planting days are being planned for the spring and autumn.

Volunteers interested in coming to a planting day can learn more on the NVCA website at

UPS’s global goal is to plant 15 million trees by the end of 2020 as part of The UPS Foundation’s focus on protecting the environment. NVCA plants nearly a quarter million trees in the watershed annually through both professional and volunteer planting programs.

About the NVCA: The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment through specialized programs to protect, conserve and enhance our water, wetlands, forests and lands.

About The UPS Foundation: UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116 million in charitable giving around the world.

Media contact: Heather Kepran, Communications Coordinator, 705-424-1479 ext. 254,

Photo caption (high res version of photo available): The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority’s community tree planting project got a $13,000 boost from The UPS Foundation early this month. From left: Byron Wesson, director, land, education and stewardship services at NVCA, Shannon Stephens, Healthy Waters Program coordinator at NVCA, Mark Howden, marketing director at UPS Canada, and Kresimir Zemljic, community relations manager at UPS Canada.
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