The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has released information about some great programs and upcoming events. Here is a quick update for you: 

FireSmart-Approved Tree Planting Project

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo announced that a tree planting project is now taking place in the hill next to Confederation Way. This tree planting project, which will see 5,000 trembling aspen seedlings planted in this area, us sponsored by Tree Canada through the Arbor Day Foundation. These two organizations are helping to re-grow the urban forest here in the region. To date, Tree Canada has helped to plant over 83,000 trees in the region since the May 2016 Horse River Wildfire.

All 5,000 seedlings are FireSmart-approved tree species that are being planted according to FireSmart guidelines. FireSmart trees are those that are deciduous in nature, as opposed to evergreen.

“When we think about the term FireSmart, we often think about the vegetation management projects we conduct to remove fuels and hazards from our forests,” said Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief. “But we’re also working closely with groups like Tree Canada to re-plant FireSmart-approved trees in our community.”

Since the wildfire in 2016, the Municipality has been working to monitor areas across the region, to ensure the urban forest is re-growing as it should be. The Municipality has also been working to help restore the natural beauty of the landscape, by identifying new areas that are both suitable and safe to plant FireSmart-approved trees.

“When it comes down to it, it’s all about planting the right tree in the right place,” said Butz.

This tree planting project next to Confederation Way is one of many tree planting projects taking place across the region. Residents are reminded to use caution near all tree planting sites as seedlings are small, hard to see and easy to damage.

Canada Day Parade Float Registration

Canada Day is just around the corner and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has opened registrations for Canada Day Parade floats.

The Parade will be on July 1, starting at 10:30am and will begin rolling along Riedel Street before proceeding north onto Franklin Ave and ending at Morrison Street. 

To enter a float or volunteer you simple need to visit before June 23rd. 

Be sure to come out and help celebrate Canada’s birthday! Visit for updates on this event.