A tree-planting initiative observing World Environment Day on Tuesday brought together students of the St Luke’s School, members of the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division and sand miners Carib Sand and Stone Ltd.
With Minister for the Environment Kenneth Darroux in attendance, the students from the nearby Pointe Michel School got down to planting trees and flowers along the Pointe Michel to Loubiere Road.
Carib Sand and Stone General Manager Jean-Yves Bonnaire admitted during the ceremony that his quarry operations have a negative impact on the environment because vegetation has to be removed to get the raw materials.
But he insisted that the company was “not the anti-environment monsters that many think they are”.
He said those involved in that kind of activity were beginning to understand the need to mitigate the impact and better prepare restoration of sites.
“Developing awareness among employees and associating future generations is one of the objectives of this symbolic operation,” Bonnaire explained.
The company is also calling on the road uses to assist in keeping the area free or garbage.
Most of the trees planted have been tagged with the names of the individual who planted them.
Carib Sand & Stone (Dominica) Ltd was officially incorporated on December 7th, 2005 to handle the development of quarrying activities in Dominica.