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Galipeau honoured by Canadian Wildlife Federation

Special to Orléans Online

Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau was honoured by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) in St. John's, Newfoundland on the weekend for his efforts in making the National Tree Day an annual event.

Galipeau was presented with 2012 Past Presidents' Award during a ceremony on Saturday. The local MP has a long history of community service; his family has long been active in tree planting. Together, they have been responsible for planting 200,000 trees in Eastern Ontario including more than 4,000 trees in Cardinal Creek last month.

Galipeau, who has been responsible for planting 50,000 trees himself, also conducts local plantings each year in recognition of individual members of his community. Part of his motivation for establishing National Tree Day, which falls on the final Wednesday in Septembet has been to give his local efforts a national platform.

“Trees have always been of particular significance for my family and me,” said Galipeau after receiving the award. “We first came to Eastern Ontario in the 1840s to work in the forest industry. Now, 170 years later, the forest industry accounts for 600,000 jobs in Canada, both directly or indirectly, generating $50 billion."

“Of course, trees affect more than just the economy. These marvels of nature have played a central role in Canadian history, in the environment and in society. That is why, inspired by my father and grandfather, I have helped plant more than 52,000 trees since my childhood."

"CWF's Conservation Achievement Award recognizes the excellent work for wildlife being carried out across our country," said Wade Luzny, CWF executive vice-president.

"We are thrilled with the depth and magnitude of all the nominations we receive. These awards are one way to pay tribute to what so many people have made their life work - to ensure our natural heritage remains for future generations."

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