Bill & Mabel Almond Announced as Trees Ontario's Latest Green Leaders
MEAFORD, ON, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - In Bill Almond's opinion, reforesting
approximately 50 acres of his 180-acre Meaford, Ont., property with
31,550 new trees was just "something small" he wanted to do for the
Of course, to others, including Anne Lennox, a family friend and a
forestry coordinator with Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, this was
anything but a minor gesture. In fact, Lennox was the one who nominated
Bill and his wife, Mabel, as Trees Ontario's latest Green Leaders. The
program recognizes private landowners whose stewardship efforts have
significantly contributed to enhancing forest cover in the province.
The Almonds have lived on the farm for almost 50 years and used it to
make a living raising and selling cattle. While they've scaled back in
recent years, approximately 100 acres is still used as pasture.
Recognizing they had a lot of marginal land on their property, the
couple turned to Lennox for guidance on undertaking an extensive tree
planting project. In 2012, after being approved for the Ontario
government's 50 Million Program (50 MTP), administered by Trees
Ontario, the couple worked with Grey Sauble to prepare and coordinate
The Almonds have always loved trees and wanted to prevent any
development on their land, which sits on a high point overlooking
Meaford, Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountain area.
"I want to thank the Almonds for demonstrating exceptional commitment to
the environment through their participation in the 50 Million Tree
Program," noted Rob Keen, CEO of Trees Ontario. "Their efforts and
appreciation of trees and forest management have made a positive impact
in helping us reach our goal of planting 50 million trees by 2025."
In fact, an affinity for the outdoors and forests is something that was
inherited by the couple's daughter Jane, who sadly passed away a few
years ago due to cancer. Jane, a trained biologist with a PhD, actually
worked as a summer intern tree planting with Lennox in 1985-1988.
To commemorate Jane's memory, the Almonds have a memorial rock with a
plaque that sits in her favourite place on the property, a provincially
significant area (part of Workman's Creek). The inscription touchingly
states it is a dedication to "Jane's Creek." Lennox, who considered
Jane a close friend, noted the beauty of "'Jane's Creek' - on top of a
hill, exposed with winds coming off the [Nottawasaga] Bay."
"She spent a lot of time out here," explained Bill, adding that Jane
also loved to travel and visited many places around the world,
including Uganda. He also likes that the trees in this area muffle the
noise of traffic on the highway, making it a truly peaceful place.
"Planting trees is something everyone can do to help fight climate
change. By taking a leading role in the 50 Million Tree Program, the
Almonds are helping preserve the environment for future generations,"
said David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources.
Bill and Mabel look forward to seeing their forest continue to grow with
ongoing assistance from Grey Sauble Conservation (site visits and
survival assessments are conducted periodically to ensure the future
success of their forest). In the meantime, the Almonds have a lofty
collection of about 20 different tree species growing just outside
their front window. These were hand planted by Mabel in the 1980s and
are just one more testament to the Almonds' admirable conservationism.
For more information about the 50 Million Tree Program and other tree planting programs, as well as local tree planting
workshops, visit: http://www.treesontario.ca/programs/#50MILL
About 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP)
Trees Ontario administers the Ontario government's 50 Million Tree Program, part of the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign. The United Nations'
goal is to plant one billion trees worldwide each year. Ontario is
committed to plant 50 million trees by 2025.
The goals of the program are to sequester carbon, enhance and diversify
southern Ontario's landscape, increase the capacity to withstand
climate change, and increase wildlife habitat. The 50 Million Tree Program is designed to significantly reduce the costs to landowners of
large-scale tree planting and thereby increase the number of trees
planted across the province.
About Trees Ontario
Trees Ontario is a not-for-profit organization committed to the
re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and
in urban areas. Since 2004, Trees Ontario and its 65 provincial
partners have planted more than 13 million trees across the province.
Image with caption: "Bill and Mabel Almond of Meaford, Ont., are Trees Ontario's latest Green Leaders. The couple planted nearly 32,000 new trees on part of their 180-acre property through the government of Ontario's 50 Million Tree Program. (CNW Group/Trees Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131127_C9976_PHOTO_EN_33737.jpg
SOURCE: Trees Ontario
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