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The Story Behind the Name

On November 2, 2009, one thousand trees were planted in a field across from Starkey’s Loop, a hiking trail just outside of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The trees were planted by former and current students of the Community Environmental Leadership Program (CELP), in the midst of CELP founder, teacher, and life-long non-smoker Mike Elrick’s battle with lung cancer. Mike lost the battle on November 23, 2009. One Thousand Trees is a response to the legacy he has left to so many.