By Pam Wright
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
And the sign said: “Stop CK Deforestation.”
Popping up all around Chatham-Kent, the pro-environment placard campaign is the brainchild of the Raging Grannies environmental group.
For a $5 donation, the anonymous group of volunteers will supply a sign.
Sometimes delivery is included.
Sarah Fraleigh-Bulckaert is one of the residents who saw the campaign on the CK Forest Defenders Facebook page.
The Dresden homeowner called up and promptly ordered a sign.
The issue of protecting trees is personal, Fraleight-Bulckaert explained.
Growing up in Dawn Township, she said she spent “a lot of time rambling around in the country.”
Although she now lives in town, Fraleigh-Bulckaert said she continues keeps nature close by working to naturalize her yard and spending as much time outdoors as possible.
She wants to see nature and trees conserved for everyone, not just for herself.
“I’m always super grateful for trees and nature,” Fraleigh-Bulckaert noted. “It’s always a bit sad to see trees come down.”
As part of their ongoing campaign to raise awareness of forest cover and tree cutting, the Raging Grannies continue to press on.
The group has distributed around 200 signs thus far, in addition to campaigning face to face.
On Sunday, members knocked on doors in Ridgetown to spark discussion about protecting Chatham-Kent’s tree cover.
Member Rageen Granny said the group wants to make residents aware of the recommendations coming from Chatham-Kent council’s natural heritage strategy committee.
A new report, which was set to go before the committee Monday, lays out a number of strategies the committee could adopt to protect woodlots, including incentives, education and regulations.
The report, compiled by Gabriel Clarke, Chatham-Kent’s manager of growth and sustainability, is recommending the municipality undertake a second round of public consultation on the matter.
The woodlot preservation options and consultation would be posted on www.letstalkchatham-kent.ca for a period of 30 days.
It’s also recommending that deputations on the matter be received before the next natural heritage committee meeting takes place April 11.
Local residents who are interested in getting a sign or T-shirt may contact raginggranniesCK@gmail.com online.