Media Advisory - Photo Op - Ontarians Digging In to Turn Ontario Green on 50 Million Tree Weekend

    Surprise Mom this Mother's Day with a forest of trees

    TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - On Mother's Day weekend, the Ontario Ministry of
Natural Resources, Trees Ontario and its planting partners will host five free
community tree planting events as part of the first annual 50 Million Tree
Weekend. Planting events will take place in Guelph, Alliston and Mississauga
on May 8 and Whitchurch-Stouffville (near Newmarket) and Kingston on May 9.
    Organized in support of the highly successful 50 Million Tree Program,
the first annual 50 Million Tree Weekend will help kick off the spring
planting season and provide an easy way for communities to contribute
significantly towards greening up the province.
    Families are invited to celebrate Mother's Day weekend in a unique and
special way by attending a tree planting event and creating their own family
tree planting legacy.
    Over the next six weeks, Trees Ontario is expected to plant approximately
two million trees as part of the Ontario government's 50 Million Tree program,
which will see 50 million trees planted in southern Ontario by 2020. This is
the single largest commitment to the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign
aimed at planting one billion trees worldwide each year.
    On Saturday, May 9, Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources, will
join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario, Bill Fisch York Region Chair, Wayne
Emmerson, Whitchurch-Stouffville mayor, the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation,
local environmental and community groups, volunteers, families, mothers and
residents at a tree planting event in Whitchurch-Stouffville near Newmarket,
    Trees Ontario planting partners and forestry experts will be onsite at
all five events offering short tree planting tutorials to teach everyone the
proper techniques to ensure a successful tree planting. Participants will then
plant native trees in the designated afforestation areas. Each planting event
is four hours in length, and participants will be taking part in a planting
activity for approximately two hours.
    Families are invited to celebrate Mother's Day in a unique way by
planting trees to create their own family legacy.
    Media are invited to join the tutorials and tree planting events across
the province.
    For more information and to register to participate in one of these five
free events, please visit:

    WHAT:  Ontario's 50 Million Tree Weekend

    DATE:  Friday, May 8
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            Guelph Rotary Forest                Tosorontio Concession Road 3
            Guelph Lake                         (North of 5th sideroad)
            Conservation Area                   Adjala-Tosorontio
            7743 Conservation Dr., RR 4

    WHEN:   10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.      WHEN:   10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    WHO:    Representatives from        WHO:    Mary Brett, Councillor,
             the Grand River                     Township of Adjala-
             Conservation Authority              Tosorontio
            Local school groups from            Tom Cook, Councillor,
             the Guelph Lake Nature              Township of  Adjala-
             Centre                              Tosorontio
                                                Students from St. Thomas
                                                 Aquinas Catholic Secondary
                                                Representatives from South
                                                 Simcoe Streams Network

            Pine Cliff Park, Pine Cliff Drive
            (Northwest of Creditview/Britannia)

    WHEN:   10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    WHO:    Bob Delaney, MPP, Mississauga-Streetsville
            George Carlson, Councillor, City of Mississauga
            Representatives from Credit Valley Conservation Authority
            Representatives from CVC's Conservation Youth Corps

    DATE:  Saturday, May 9
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            East of Newmarket                   Lemoine Point Conservation
            York Regional Forest Bendor         Area, 1990 Front Road
            and Graves Tract, Davis
            Drive (Between Kennedy      WHEN:   9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
            and McCowan)

    WHEN:  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.       WHO:    Dorothy Hector, Board Member,
                                                  Cataraqui Region CA
                                                Jane Murphy, Vice-President,
    WHO:   Donna Cansfield,                       Friends of Lemoine Point
            Minister of Natural Resources
           Michael G. Scott,
            President and CEO, Trees Ontario
           Wayne Emmerson, Mayor,
           Bill Fisch, Chairman and CEO,
            The Regional Municipality of York
           Sandra Morris, Regional Director,
            Capacity Building and Community Affairs,
            Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario
           David Cohen, Councillor, Town of Richmond
            Hill and Member of Rouge Park Alliance
           Representatives from Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation

    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 spring, with its
partners, Trees Ontario will plant close to three 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.

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For further information: Media inquiries, please contact: Paul Tyler,
GoldFenix Communications, tel: (905) 235-7285, email:;
Victoria Ollers, GoldFenix Communications, tel: (416) 822-2288, email:

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