TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2018 /CNW/ - Starting February 26th, the public can support Forests Ontario by making a donation at any of the more than 650 LCBO stores throughout Ontario. Donation boxes for Forests Ontario will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters until March 31st.
The Voice for our Forests
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Our mission is to ensure a greener future by planting healthy and abundant forests across the province. Forests Ontario works with partners to plant and manage three million trees every year. To date, we've proudly planted more than 25 million trees. Forests Ontario also connects more than 10,000 students to nature every year through our forestry education programs.
The Community That Plants Together Grows Together
2018 will be the third consecutive year that the LCBO has supported Forests Ontario as part of the Provincial Donation Box program. Donations have supported Forests Ontario's annual Community Planting Weekend.
The Community Planting Weekend is a longstanding tradition for Forests Ontario. Every year, this event launches the planting season with a series of plantings across the province in which volunteers from the surrounding community are invited to join us and plant trees in public spaces.
In 2018, we'll be celebrating the 10th year of the Community Planting Weekend by holding planting events every weekend in the month of May. Support from the LCBO and its customers will help Forests Ontario plant thousands of new trees across participating communities, supporting greater forest cover and important environmental benefits like clean air and water, carbon sequestration, habitat, and shade.
The Community Planting Weekend is one of a broad range of programs delivered by Forests Ontario in support of a greener and healthier future.
Healthy Forests Mean a Healthy Future
"Our forests are one of our most important assets in the fight against climate change," says Robert Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario. "And it's not just our largest forests, but our local parks, ravines, conservation areas, and the trees that line our streets. The Community Planting Weekend is our way of showing Ontarians that no matter where they live, they can make a big difference with a small action like planting a single tree."
"As a socially responsible community-minded retailer, LCBO is pleased to partner with Forests Ontario and support a variety of worthy causes through the Giving Back In Our Community fundraising program," said Jennifer Bell, LCBO Executive Director Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility. "Through the generosity of LCBO customers and the support of our staff, we help make a difference in communities across Ontario."
Forests Ontario thanks the public for its support when shopping at their local LCBO store from February 26th – March 31st.
About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario's forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.
SOURCE Forests Ontario
For further information: Shelley McKay, Director of Communications & Development, Forests Ontario, Ph: 1-877-646-1193 ext. 232, E: [email protected]; LCBO Press Office, Ph: (416) 864-6700, E: [email protected]