40th Anniversary of Regreening

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This internationally recognized program, which began in 1978, has put Greater Sudbury on the map as an environmental leader. Over the past 40 years Greater Sudbury has made a miraculous transformation from a moonscape to a living landscape.

This internationally recognized program, which began in 1978, has put Greater Sudbury on the map as an environmental leader. Over the past 40 years Greater Sudbury has made a miraculous transformation from a moonscape to a living landscape.

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Do you have a story to tell, or photographs to share of how Sudbury’s blackened past has transformed into a greener, healthier environment? We want to hear from you! Post your story, share your photos, and help spread the word of how 40 years of Regreening in Greater Sudbury has transformation our local environment.


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    Skead Road 1982

    by treelady94, over 2 years ago
    Anne S. B. writes:I worked two summers for the Land Reclamation Program in 1981 & 1982. These photos were taken in Skead on the east side of the road in 1982.

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    Ministry Of Environment Staff Volunteer Planting Efforts By John Negusanti (Retired MNR/MOE Forester/Phytotoxicologist

    by John Negusanti, over 2 years ago

    As part of Sudbury's Land Reclamation program MOE staff planted trees on at least 8 separate years in sites selected by Tina McCaffrey and myself. Planting took place each spring when conditions were optimal. We usually planted between 4 and 5 thousand trees(mostly potted stock) in highly visible hillsides along Sudbury roads.These projects amounted to the planting of over 40 thousand trees which is a substantial contribution to Sudbury's landscape. MOE management allowed the planting to be done on Ministry time as an environmental initiative. As the main organizer of these events I feel the MOE staff derived great pleasure... Continue reading

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    The Alexander Center Forest By John Negusanti (Retired MNR/MOE Forester/Phytotoxicologist)

    by John Negusanti, over 2 years ago

    The major credit has to go to a Sudbury legend- Cliff Fielding whose persistence paid off to plant a forest on his property at Alexander Center.

    In 1975 he had 5000 SW planted and they all died.He called me the spring of 1976 and inquired about getting trees planted for free for research purposes.Part of my MNR job at the time as a contract forester was to do research into establishing trees in the Sudbury barrens. I told Mr Fielding that I couldn’t Deem planting his property as research but that I would visit... Continue reading

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    Early MNR Involvement

    by treelady94, over 2 years ago

    Jim McCready R.P.F (retired Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry) writes:

    It was when I was a forestry student in the late 60’s that a number of us would be travelling through Sudbury to our summer jobs in the Kenora area. It was so barren we all said we would never work in Sudbury when we graduated.

    Guess what; I graduated in 1971 and where did they send me but to Skead. It was at that time I inherited the Greening of Sudbury project from Ed Kraker the forester of the day. The project was a joint effort... Continue reading

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    Moved Back just for this

    by Greener, over 2 years ago

    After leaving Sudbury most other highly educated individuals in the tech industry, Sudbury pulled us back in. Although there is no employment here, the tradeoff to be able to enjoy the outdoors the way we can has been worth it. I remember growing up in New Sudbury where my backyard connected a swampy field and junction creek. By the time I moved away, it was almost a forest and just recently I drove by, the trees have matured to well over 20-30 feet. This story is repeated throughout the city.

    Unfortunately, all these efforts are going to be reversed when... Continue reading

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    Part of the transformation and proud of it!

    by treelady94, over 2 years ago

    As a child I lived in Sudbury and I remember sliding down hills in the winter and not hitting a single tree, and making forts on rock edges and using old tree roots for “phaser” guns. 

    Now I am all grown up and I am the foreperson for the City of Greater Sudbury's Land Reclamation Program. This will be my 19th year and in this time I have helped contribute to the planting of 4,822,903 trees and shrubs, limed 195 hectares of barren rock and laid 1.84 hectares of forest floor transplants. I also have had the privilege of... Continue reading

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