Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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Special tree planting initiative being undertaken by Lethbridge College

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A former hayfield outside of Vauxhall is now home to several species of shrubs as part of a “re-wilding project.”

Lethbridge College staff and alumni joined the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) earlier this month to plant the first 250 trees out of more than 2,500 that are planned for the space.

Volunteers planted Saskatoon berry bushes, choke cherry, thorny buffaloberry and roses as well as other non-native species that are drought and wind-resistant.

ACA biologist and Lethbridge College alumni, Tyler Johns says the purpose of this project is twofold. “First, we want to get structure on the site that will benefit wildlife like birds and deer who can use those shrubs for cover, for food or as a windbreak. The other reason is to get people onto the site for berry picking, wildlife spotting, hunting and fishing. This particular site is connected to some native habitat downstream on the Bow River, so there’s also good connectivity between the uplands around the site and the river.”

The land was purchased by the ACA from a local farmer who wanted it restored to a natural state.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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