Canopy Project Kawartha Lakes is a volunteer-led community group whose goal is to increase the urban canopy in the settlement areas of the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL). To achieve that goal, CPKL concentrates its work in the following areas: Education, Advocacy, Execution and Community Integration. The founding members are: John Ireland, Trevor Hutchinson, Joli Scheidler-Benns, Alexis Benns, Paul Langham, Scott Robertson and Amy Terrill.
As John Ireland, one of the CPKL founders, explains, “many studies show that increasing the urban tree canopy helps mitigate storm water damage, decrease pollution and home energy consumption and increase property values. The mental health benefits of an urban forest, not to mention the opportunities to address food insecurity, are also incredible benefits,” adds Ireland.
Canopy Project Kawartha Lakes (CPKL) has established a fund under the administration of the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes (CFKL) and has begun to raise funds for its first project.