National Forest Week - The Mayor and Council have proclaimed the week of September 20th to 26th, 2020, as National Forest Week. The theme for the week is “Healthy Forests- Healthy Future.” This is a week to celebrate forests across Canada and the benefits they bring to our country. Forests helped establish Carleton Place with sawmills lining the Mississippi River. Today with over 80% of Canadians living in cities and towns, we celebrate urban forests and the benefits this green infrastructure brings to our community. Also of importance to Council and Staff, is the proclamation of September 23rd, 2020 as being National Tree Day, which falls on the Wednesday of National Forest Week. The benefits trees bring to Carleton Place are insurmountable, taking in carbon dioxide, giving off oxygen, reducing storm water runoff, reducing stress and adding that cooling effect to many parts of the Town. To celebrate National Tree Day, Council and Staff will be planting a Sugar Maple in Riverside Park on September 23rd, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.