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    As the students watched, Hydro One Forestry workers Jason Swant and Corey Henrich shovel dirt onto the maple tree. It will grow big and tall, far away from powerlines. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Grade 3-4 Herman Street Public School learned all about trees and about Hydro One Forestry Workers on May 4. The presentation was part of their Arbour Week celebrations. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Hydro One Forestry worker Jason Swant shows off this giant chainsaw. It was larger than many of the children who watched. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



Arbour Week fun with Hydro One

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Friday July 7, 2017

Celebrating Arbour Week, representatives from Hydro One taught Grades 3 and 4 Herman Street Public School students about the importance of trees.

They not only learned about the impact trees have on the ecosystem, but also how to plant the right type of tree in the right place to avoid any issues with overhanging powerlines. Once outside, they got to see and try on some of the gear and tools used by Hydro One Forestry workers, and watch one of the presenters rappel from the top of a bucket truck. They also had the chance to plant a maple tree in front of the school and bring home a white spruce sapling to plant in their own backyards.

Teaching youngsters proper tree planting methods prevents issues from cropping up later on. The wrong type of tree can touch the wires or drop branches on them, leading to power outages or live wires on the ground. “A lot of people plant trees right under the powerlines and we have to come to cut them down,” said Hydro One Forestry worker Jason Swant. “It is good for the kids to see what it is all about,” he added. “… We want to keep it safe for the general public and to keep the power on to people’s homes.”

Students in Grades 3 and 4 students were chosen to receive this presentation on May 4 because they are mature enough to understand the dangers of trees downing powerlines, but still curious enough to share that knowledge with others.

“They start to look at things a little differently and they’ll pass it on to their friends,” said Principal Veletia Richards.

Having a new tree on the school’s front lawn was the perfect way to celebrate Arbour Week. “If we are cutting (trees) down then we want to replenish them and put them back into the environment,” said Richards.

Hydro One has also visited other schools in Renfrew County including Pinecrest Public School.