Inaugural event brings Canadians together in cities across the nation
OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Today Canadians from coast to coast to
coast came together for the inaugural National Tree Day to celebrate
the great benefit trees provide - clean air, wildlife habitat, reduced
energy demand and a connection with nature.
"Canada's first ever National Tree Day represents a historic milestone.
It demonstrates Canadians' commitment to improving our environment,"
said Dorothy Dobbie, Tree Canada Chair, and former Member of
Parliament. "It's a day of awareness to reflect on how protecting
trees ensures a better quality of life for all Canadians."
Today, a seeding will be planted at the Canadian Museum of Nature in
Ottawa on behalf of all Canadians by Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural
Resources, Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament, Tree Canada and
representatives from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, MAJESTA
"The federal government is proud to help celebrate Canada's first
National Tree Day," said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural
Resources. "Forests are not only an important part of our heritage,
they are also essential to our future. Every tree planted today helps
preserve our forests for future generations. For this reason, the
Government of Canada is making strategic investments to support the
renewal of the forest sector and to create new opportunities for
hundreds of forest communities across Canada."
National Tree Day was created through a private Members' motion in the
House of Commons brought forward by Royal Galipeau, Member of
Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans.
"By creating National Tree Day, the House has asked Canadians to spend
just one day reflecting on the link between their lives and that of the
tree," said Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament. "Canadians will
dedicate trees, plant trees, learn about trees and appreciate the
impact the tree has had on Canada's economic success as a nation."
Trees have a way of bringing people together to celebrate a shared
heritage. With over 80% of Canadians living in cities and towns, our
urban forests are vital to our quality of life, and this recognition
will go a long way toward ensuring that they continue to be planted and
cared for in urban locations.
"Canada is a global leader in sustainable forest management. From the
maple leaf to the mighty pines, trees are synonymous with our Canadian
identity. For every tree that is planted today, we are preserving our
future for tomorrow," said the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the
Environment. "We are proud to recognize Tree Canada, a not-for-profit,
charitable organization and its partners, who are working together to
engage Canadians through educating them about the benefits of
sustainable urban tree management."
Canadians are encouraged to participate in National Tree Day in any way
they can. A National Tree Day celebration can be neighbours gathering
to plant trees in a park or at a nearby school, a class project or a
large community event. For every person who stops and thinks about how
they can help grow and maintain trees, Canada becomes a cleaner, better
In support of National Tree Day, Tree Canada and key sponsors, TD
Friends of the Environment Foundation, MAJESTA, and TELUS, will
celebrate with tree planting and educational events in St. John's,
Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg,
Calgary, Victoria, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Ottawa. The majority of
sites are members of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada,
a national network formed in 2003.
"The Canadian Museum of Nature and other natural history museums are
important destinations for Canadians seeking information about nature
and the environment," says Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the
Canadian Museum of Nature. "As such, we were pleased to work with Tree
Canada and its partners to ensure the success of this first National
For information on how to organize a National Tree Day event, how to
successfully plant and maintain urban trees, or to learn more about the
importance of trees in any community, additional information can be
found at www.nationaltreeday.ca.
About National Tree Day
National Tree Day provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn about
the importance of trees in urban environments and gain the tools to
help grow and maintain these important ecological areas.
National Tree Day was created through a private members motion in the
House of Commons. The motion to declare National Tree Day was presented
by Royal Galipeau, M.P. Ottawa-Orléans, at the urging of Tree Canada,
and received consent from the House of Commons on March 2, 2011.
As a result of these efforts, Wednesday of National Forest Week in
September each year now will be known as National Tree Day.
National Tree Day is important for Canadians
Over 80% of Canadians live in urban areas
Trees reduce residential heating costs by 10-15% (through windbreak)
Each healthy tree can reduce air borne dust particles by as much as
7,000 particles per litre of air, thus a healthy tree is a free
standing air conditioner and purifier
The Canadian forest products industry is an environmental steward,
responsible for more than 600,000 jobs with annual revenues
representing roughly 2 percent of our GDP.
National Tree Day is made possible through the hard work of Tree Canada
and key sponsors, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, MAJESTA and
About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to
encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural
environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree
Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals
to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and
other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and
maintaining trees. To date, more than 77 million trees have been
planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada
has organized nine national urban forest conferences. More information
about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.
About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)
The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national
organization, formed by TD Bank Financial Group, with a grassroots
focus that funds local projects dedicated to preserving the environment. We work with Canadians who are
committed to protecting the environment in their own community and
across the country. Since 1990, with your help, the TD Friends of the
Environment Foundation has provided more than $54 million to support
over 20,000 grassroots environmental projects in communities across
Canada. And every year TD Bank Financial Group contributes an
additional $1 million to TD FEF.
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has been working with Tree
Canada in promoting TD Green Streets, a program that offers up to
$15,000 in funds to municipalities for greening projects.
MAJESTA is the soft and green choice for household paper products.
MAJESTA products are made from new wood fibres of trees from J.D.
Irving, Limited's forests. As part of its award-winning commitment to
responsible forest management, J.D. Irving, Limited plants seedlings
every spring and summer to reforest the woodlands. In the past 50+
years, J.D. Irving, Limited has planted over 850 million trees. Since
2001, J.D. Irving, Limited's forests have been certified by The
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. ("SFI"). Our promise is: "We plant
three trees for every one we use to produce MAJESTA products." Both
soft and green, MAJESTA delivers the softness you can feel and feel
Majesta is working with Tree Canada and Ontario Forestry Association
(OFA) to provide schools with funding for outdoor classrooms with their
Trees of Knowledge program. The mission of this program is to get
Canadian schools thinking of ways to incorporate outdoor learning and
environmental education into their curriculum.
At TELUS, we believe in our hearts and minds that in order to do well in
business, we must do 'good' in the communities where we live, work and
serve. TELUS' collaboration with Tree Canada began with our support of
a single new initiative, the Greening School Grounds Program in
Alberta, which protected the health of school children by strategically
planting trees on school grounds to help protect them from the sun's
harmful rays. As TELUS is deeply committed to making the future
friendly for all children, this program was perfectly aligned to our
community investment philosophy. Over the course of our 13 year
partnership, TELUS has significantly expanded our support to include a
variety of Tree Canada initiatives, as well as the creation of TELUS
programs, such as our cell phone recycling programs, which benefit Tree
Image with caption: "Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada, admires the first tree planted to celebrate National Tree Day in Canada. (CNW Group/Tree Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110921_C5235_PHOTO_EN_3593.jpg
SOURCE Tree Canada
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