Media Advisory - Ontario Gets Greener With More Than 1,000 New Trees At West Deane Park

    - Hon. Donna Cansfield and Local Residents Help Ontario Reach Goal
    to Plant 50 Million Trees By 2020 -

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Every tree counts especially when one healthy
mature tree releases enough oxygen back in the atmosphere to support two human
beings for one year. Trees not only transform parks, they help to reduce
greenhouse gases, protect and provide food and shelter for songbirds and other
wildlife. On Saturday, April 18, GTA residents are invited to take part in the
annual South Mimico Community Planting which contributes to Ontario's 50
Million Tree Program. Ontario's commitment is the single largest commitment
made to date to the United Nations Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign
which hopes to plant at least one billion trees per year worldwide.
    "Every tree planted helps us in our battle against climate change," said
Hon. Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources. "We are proud of our
partnership with Trees Ontario as we take steps to make Ontario a greener,
healthier place to live."
    Through the combined efforts of Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA),
South Mimico Environmental Action Group, City of Toronto and Trees Ontario,
more than 1,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted at West Deane Park.
The public is invited to participate in interactive displays and a workshop to
learn about the importance of native trees and shrubs, birds and the water
quality of Mimico Creek.
    "Trees Ontario is very pleased to be partnering with Minister Cansfield,
TRCA the City of Toronto and community members to host this urban tree
planting event, which further supports the Ontario government's commitment to
plant 50 Million Trees by 2020," said Michael Scott, President and CEO, Trees
    This year's event takes place at West Deane Park, a City of Toronto park,
which is approximately a 2km valley reach along the main branch of Mimico
Creek with its northern boundary just south of Eglinton Ave. and southern
boundary just north of Burnhamthorpe.
    "This Spring's event promises to be a lot of fun and I invite everyone to
come out, meet your neighbours and dig in," said Mark Taylor, Chair of the
South Mimico Environmental Community Group. "West Deane is a terrific park and
this is a great opportunity to plant some trees, learn some earth friendly
care tips and make a difference to the green space you live near."
    "Planting a tree is a good way to start celebrating Earth Day and to make
a contribution to the natural environment," said Gerri Lynn O'Conner, Chair,
Toronto and Region Conservation., an organization which has more than 50 years
of planting and forest management experience. "The goal of this community
event is to plant more trees, promote the importance of the urban forest and
restore the health of the Mimico Creek watershed for future generations to

    WHAT: FREE Tree Planting Workshop and Community Planting Event.
    Activities include Tree Planting, Park Clean Up, and workshops on native
    trees and shrubs and local wildlife

    WHEN: Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    10:00 - event begins with tree planting and the various other stations
    10:30 am - workshop from Trees Ontario
    11:15 am - workshop on local wildlife
    12:00 official ceremony with tree planting

    WHERE: West Deane Park - Eglinton and Martin Grove Road

    WHO: The Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources, Trees
    Ontario, and Toronto and Region Conservation

    Toronto and Region Conservation

    With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our
vision is for The Living City(R), where human settlement can flourish forever
as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call
416-661-6600 or visit us at

    Trees Ontario

    Trees Ontario, working with its partners, is the largest, not-for-profit
tree planting agency in North America. It is committed to the re-greening of
Ontario through a range of tree planting activities. The goal of Trees Ontario
is to restore the province's tree planting capacity, especially throughout
southern Ontario on private lands, by providing funding and planning support
for its tree planting partners. These include local Conservation Authorities,
Ontario Stewardship Councils, municipal governments and community volunteer
    This spring Trees Ontario, with its partners, will plant nearly 3 million
trees. Its goal is to support the planting of 10 million trees every year by
2015. Visit the Trees Ontario website at Planting
tomorrow's forests.

For further information:

For further information: For media information and registration contact:
Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation,
(416) 661-6600,; Elissa Schmidt, Manager of
Communications, Trees Ontario, (416) 646-1193 ext. 232,

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