West Fraser tree planting effort helps break world record

A team from West Fraser in Williams Lake helped break a tree planting world record last May, helping plant 202,935 trees in one hour.

  • Sep. 22, 2015 6:00 a.m.

A team from West Fraser in Williams Lake helped break a tree planting world record last May, helping plant 202,935 trees in one hour.

The event took place after Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) and 29 teams of 25 to 100 people across North America planted trees in locations from New York City to Vancouver Island on May 20, 2015.

“As SFI celebrates its 20th anniversary, I can’t think of a more exciting way to recognize and reinforce our commitment to healthy forests and sustainable communities, and to reaffirm that the actions we take today can have a significant and material impact on the future of our forests,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI.

Organized by SFI, the effort involved 1,165 volunteers from all ages and backgrounds, including the forest sector, community organizations, youth groups, conservation groups and SFI Implementation Committees.

A video capturing highlights of the record is available on YouTube.

When mature, these trees will provide clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and help improve the quality of life for many.