Why is this project important?
The Environment: Trees are one of the major components of healthy air, water systems and watersheds. They purify the air and slow water runoff. The Bayfield Watershed has a particular challenge in that it has the lowest proportion of forest coverage per hectare of any watershed in the province.
Tourism/Beautification: The economy of Bayfield is highly dependent on tourism. Tree-lined streets provide visitors with a lovely calm and shady ambience as they enjoy a stroll around the village and walk the Heritage Paths.
Residents' Health: The cooling and air-purifying benefits of trees, along with the beauty they provide, benefit all residents of Bluewater. In addition, shade trees can lower air conditioning costs and contribute to property values.