Trees for Trois-Rivières

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by Emily Atkins

As part of its 140th anniversary celebrations, the Port of Trois-Rivières has planted more than 225 trees and shrubs on its properties.

The Port carried out these plantings on three of its properties, which border residential sectors and a commercial artery, to help improve the surroundings.

Nicole Trépanier, director, external relations and communications at Fednav, and Gaétan Boivin, president and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières planting some of the 226 trees.

Port president and CEO Gaétan Boivin said the initial goal was to plant 140 trees and shrubs, in keeping with the anniversary. However, a donation from Fednav meant the port was able to boost that number.

“We decided instead to plant 226 different hardwoods, conifers and shrubs, thanks in part to the participation of Fednav,” Boivin said.

Fednav is Canadian international bulk shipping company; it has played a key role in the marine transportation industry for more than 75 years.

“We are proud to have contributed to this tree-planting project at the Port of Trois-Rivières, which is in line with our shared values of corporate social responsibility that aim to leave a better world for future generations,” said Isabelle Brassard, senior vice-president, logistics and sustainable development at Fednav.

In 2021, the Port of Trois-Rivières was Fednav’s fourth busiest port and third in terms of tonnage loaded and unloaded.

As part of the Trois-Rivières landscape for 140 years, the Port of Trois-Rivières and its port community carry out annual initiatives to ensure the harmonization of activities between the industrial and residential sectors, in keeping with its commitment to sustainable development. “These actions help consolidate the foundations of a progressive and participatory approach that responds to current challenges and helps future generations respond to future challenges,” Boivin said.

For example, planting trees and shrubs contributes to stormwater management by increasing infiltration and retention in the soil, reducing heat islands and improving air quality.

As part of the 17 Canadian Port Authorities and active since 1882, the Port of Trois-Rivières offers a range of facilities and services to the maritime industry throughout the year. The port plays a role in the regional, national and international economic development of major industrial sectors such as aluminum, forestry and agri-food.

Every year, the Port of Trois-Rivières handles 55,000 trucks, 11,000 rails cars and over 200 merchant and cruise ships from about 100 ports located in over 40 countries throughout the world. It handles over four million metric tons of traffic, supporting over 2,000 direct and indirect jobs.