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Putting Down Roots 

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When Williston mom Marie-Claude Beaudette was living in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, near Montréal, the Québec town gave her family a tree to plant to celebrate the birth of her son. "The symbolic gesture made me think about how we are all connected to nature," she explains. Eighteen years later, Beaudette is helping to pilot a similar initiative in Williston. The Birth Tree Project, coordinated by community group Sustainable Williston, will give a native tree to residents who welcome a newborn or an adopted child into their families. Proud parents can pick a red twig dogwood, elderberry, red maple, serviceberry, northern white cedar or balsam fir. A collection of public and private partners is providing funds to purchase the saplings. Williston parents who'd like to participate should register children born in 2014 by August 21; fall and winter babies will be eligible next year.

Birth Tree Project: Find the registration form on the Sustainable Williston website, sustainablewilliston.org/ongoing-projects/birth-trees/.

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