Local efforts by volunteers, residents and planting partners help
re-green the province
TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Trees Ontario, along with volunteers,
community members and planting partners dug, stomped and deposited
thousands of seedlings in seven separate communities across Ontario
during a series of half-day tree planting events on May 4th.
Now in its fifth year, the annual Community Planting Weekend was hosted by Trees Ontario and supporting sponsors CAA South Central Ontario and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
In total, the sunny day drew together more than 700 volunteers and
resulted in a total of almost 5,000 new trees planted (nearly doubling
last year's efforts)! Planting sites included London, Windsor, Ottawa,
Niagara, Midhurst, Kingston and York Region.
"CAA South Central Ontario is proud to have partnered with Trees Ontario
for a fifth consecutive year," said Nick Parks, President and CEO, CAA
SCO. "We are committed to doing our part to help preserve the planet
through tree planting and other environmental initiatives."
Increasing large-scale planting across Ontario is part of Trees
Ontario's mandate. The benefits of trees in rural and urban spaces are
crucial not only to our ecosystem, but also to human health. Trees
clean our air, improve local water supplies, establish wildlife habitat
and provide a buffer against the effects of climate change.
"Trees enhance the vitality of our communities and what better way to
showcase this than to directly involve families and youth through
environmentally engaging activities such as this," said Rob Keen, RPF,
Trees Ontario CEO. "It's been wonderful seeing land stewards of all
ages join Trees Ontario, along with its partners, in taking such an
active lead in ensuring a greener future for everyone."
Trees Ontario and its partners commend the contribution of all the
families and community groups involved in this year's planting
A special thank you also goes out to our planting partners: Cataraqui
Region Conservation Authority, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation
Authority, The City of Barrie, Niagara Parks, Regional Municipality of
York, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, CAA North & East
Ontario, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Essex Regional
Conservation Authority and Legacy Supply Chain Services.
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 reduces landowners' costs of large-scale
tree planting and boosts the number of trees planted across the
province. Visit www.treesontario.ca.
Image with caption: "Seven Ontario communities are a little greener following Trees Ontario's fifth annual Community Planting Weekend, held this past Saturday. In total, the sunny day drew together more than 700 community members and resulted in a total of almost 5,000 new trees planted! (CNW Group/Trees Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130506_C3937_PHOTO_EN_26397.jpg
SOURCE: Trees Ontario
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