In 1973, the newly formed Regional Municipality of Sudbury created a "Technical Tree Planting Committee".
In 1974, the Committee funded a survey to assess vegetation damage along main roads and railways.
Joint work between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Laurentian University showed that manual application of limestone, fertilizer and grass seeds led to the establishment of grassed plots.
In 1975 and 1977, semi-operational 0.5 hectare plots were successfully grassed by schoolchildren.
In 1978, in response to an economic downturn, the "Technical Tee Plant Committee" proposed a land reclamation program.
The Committee's name changed to the "Vegetation Enhancement Technical Advisory Committee" (VETAC) in 1978, to better reflect its broadened mandate.