MTO contractors mow down hundreds of saplings

By Stu Mills, CBC News Ottawa, June 13, 2018

Astounded that the same provincial ministry that planted thousands of trees along a highway later paid to have them mowed down, a Morrisburg, Ont., woman is now trying to save the few that remain.

Seven years ago, Ontario's Ministry of Transportation (MTO) hired contractors to plant 3,250 saplings along the shoulder of Highway 401. The aim was to eventually create a barrier to wind, snow and sound, to stabilize the soil and to create a habitat for insects and birds.

Last June, mowers under MTO contract passed along the six-kilometre plantation between Nudell Bush and Upper Canada roads, lopping all but a few hundred of the trees off at their trunks.

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