SNC wood auction a success

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South Nation Conservation (SNC) recently wrapped up its online Wood Creation auction and has raised close to $3,000 to support tree-planting initiatives throughout its large conservation area in Eastern Ontario.

"Thanks to the support from the online auction, we are well on our way to surpassing last year’s record-breaking tree-planting number of 230,000 trees planted," said John Mesman, SNC's community lands and outreach lead, in a prepared statement.

From previous fundraisers, more than 230,000 trees were planted by SNC in the 2021 season, which is the agency's all-time highest number of trees planted in one year. When it created the online fundraiser, the goal was to break that record for the upcoming 2022 season.

The funds raised from the virtual auction will support the Community Free Tree Giveaway, which helps put more trees in the ground and fosters landowner environmental stewardship. Last year more than 17,000 trees were distributed throughout the conservation area and they hope to surpass that in 2022.

According to SNC, a total of 45 participants placed 154 bids on 30 of the handcrafted wood creations donated to SNC for the online auction. The crafted items included furniture displays and sculptures, art and variety of charcuterie boards and other handmade wooden decorations which were bid on throughout most of October.

"We would like to thank the public for participating and placing bids, and the artisans who donated items. Their support helps to protect and restore the local environment on behalf of our partner municipalities and residents," added Mesman in a prepared statement.

This year's South Nation Wood Creation auction follows the success of last year's "Art for Trees" online auction, which raised $6,500 for SNC's 2021 tree-planting initiatives.

(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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