TORONTO, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ - With Ontario in need of a billion more
trees to achieve the minimum 30 per cent forest cover needed for a
healthy ecosystem, it is critical for growers to have a consistent
supply of native woody plant seed. This summer, Trees Ontario, in
partnership with the Forest Gene Conservation Association and the Ontario Tree Seed Plant, is hosting four Certified Seed Collector Workshops.
In southern Ontario, seed collection is complex as there are more than
100 native tree and shrub species, inconsistent year-to-year tree seed
production and fluctuations in the demand for specific species. If
seeds are mis-identified, sourced from unidentified locations, or
generally of poor quality, it is challenging for tree seedling
nurseries to supply healthy stock for upcoming planting seasons.
For climate change mitigation strategies to succeed, high quality,
source-identified native seeds are needed. Furthermore, well trained
and informed seed collectors are needed to support long-term seed
banking and assisted migration efforts in Ontario.
Trees Ontario's Certified Seed Collector Workshops are hands-on courses
covering seed forecasting, seed collection, handling, processing and
storage. Participants may become Registered Certified Seed Collectors
with the Forest Gene Conservation Association upon successful
completion of the final exam.
Workshops will be held in the following locations:
Ontario Tree Seed Plant
August 21 and August 22
141 King St
Walpole Island Land Trust: Heritage Centre
July 31 and August 1
Walpole Island, ON
Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture
August 29 and August 30
2565 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, ON
September 5 and September 6
1457 London Rd.
This course is part of Trees Ontario's annual technical workshop series,
including educational programs on Seed Forecasting, Seed Collection and Growing Native Trees from Seed. Few spots remain and pre-registration is required.
For workshop information and to register contact:
Toll free: 1-877-646-1193
For workshop details, click here.
About Trees Ontario
Trees Ontario, the largest not-for-profit tree planting partnership in
North America, is leading efforts to strengthen Ontario's tree planting
infrastructure by enhancing the capacity of its tree planting partners
through financial support and professional development expertise,
delivering landowner incentives through cost offsetting and educating
the public through awareness campaigns and community workshops. Trees
Ontario is the lead delivery agent for the government of Ontario's 50 Million Tree Program. The program significantly cuts landowners' costs of large-scale tree
planting and boosts the number of trees planted across the province. To
learn more, visit www.treesontario.ca.
SOURCE Trees Ontario
For further information:
For more information or to set up an interview, please contact:
Marketing & Communications Manager
P: 416-646-1193 x. 232