Media Advisory - Ontario Landowners Get the Dirt on Ontario Tree Planting at Free Workshops

    Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources welcomes landowners to attend free
    tree planting workshop and build on 2009 momentum

    TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and
Trees Ontario, along with its partners, the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA)
and local planting agency partners, will host six free tree planting workshop
for local area landowners. The workshops will focus on tree planting
techniques and the programs and incentives available to landowners interested
in planting trees, including the 50 Million Tree Program and the Managed
Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP).

    The 2009 fall workshops include:

    Port Rowan Workshop
    Thursday, October 1st, 2009, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Backus Heritage Conservation Area (in the Conservation Education Centre)

    Manotick Workshop
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Office

    Alliston Workshop
    Thursday, October 8, 2009, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Nottawasaga Inn

    Caledonia Workshop
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 7 - 9 p.m.
    St. Andrews Hall

    Ancaster Workshop
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 7 - 9 p.m.
    The Hamilton Conservation Authority Office

    Owen Sound Workshop
    Thursday, October 15, 2009, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Grey Sauble Conservation Office

    Workshop details can be found at:

    The aim is to build on the success of the most recent spring tree
planting season that saw Trees Ontario and partners plant close to three
million trees across southern Ontario - including more than two million trees
planted as part of the 50 Million Tree Program. Combined with trees planted
through other local tree planting programs, this was the largest spring tree
planting seen in Ontario since the 1980s.
    Space is limited and pre-registration is appreciated.

    Trees Ontario

    Trees Ontario, working with its partners, is the largest, not-for-profit
tree planting partnership in North America. It is committed to the re-greening
of Ontario through a range of tree planting activities. Trees Ontario is also
partnering with the Ministry of Natural Resources to help deliver the Ontario
government's commitment to plant 50 million trees by 2020.
    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 groups.
    This year, with its partners, Trees Ontario will plant close to 3 million
trees. Visit the Trees Ontario website at

    50 Million Tree Program

    In August 2007, the Ontario government introduced a program to fund the
planting of 50 million trees across the province by 2020, as part of its
commitment to help fight climate change and green the province.
    The 50 Million Tree Program is Ontario's commitment to the United Nations
Billion Tree Campaign. The program is also the most ambitious program of its
kind in North America and the largest goal of any jurisdiction, anywhere.
    The 50 Million Tree Program can significantly cut landowners' costs of
large-scale tree planting and boost the number of trees planted.

    Ontario Forestry Association

    The Ontario Forestry Association (OFA) is a non-profit, registered
charity. It is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of all aspects
of Ontario's forests, and to develop commitment to stewardship of forest
ecosystems. The OFA has been involved in public education around forestry and
environmental issues since the 1940s. Over the years they have been involved
in major initiatives involving restoration, commemoration and the management
of our forests and natural environment. To this day, they continue to increase
public education and knowledge of forestry and environmental issues. Visit the
OFA website at

For further information:

For further information: For workshop information and to register
contact: Trees Ontario, (toll free) 1-877-646-1193 or;
For media inquiries, please contact: Paul Tyler, GoldFenix Communications,
(905) 235-7285,; Victoria Ollers, GoldFenix Communications,
(416) 822-2288,

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