Media Advisory/Photo-op: Ontario Kicks Off Spring Tree Planting

    The Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources to plant
    first tree of the season and to announce major tree planting event

    TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources,
will join green minded organizations, planting partners and members of the
community including a team of local Girl Guides to kick off Ontario's spring
tree planting season and green up Toronto's waterfront.
    The minister will also announce a major upcoming tree planting initiative
hosted by Trees Ontario, a Ministry of Natural Resources partner and the
organization responsible for delivering the Ontario Government's 50 Million
Tree Program - the single largest commitment to the United Nations Billion
Tree Campaign.
    Media are invited to attend and participate in the planting. We will hold
an onsite tree planting tutorial to help everyone learn the proper techniques
to ensure a successful tree planting.
    Put on your gardening shoes and gloves, come have some fun, and create
your own legacy in a greener Ontario!

    WHAT:  Spring Tree Planting Kick-off and Major Event Announcement

    WHEN:  Thursday, April 9, 2009
           8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    WHERE: Main gates, Tommy Thompson Park (corner of Leslie St and Unwin
           Ave, Toronto)

    WHO:   Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources, Michael G. Scott,
           President and CEO, Trees Ontario, and a group of Girl Guides

    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 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.
    All kinds of good can come from setting this goal: like offsetting
carbon; diversifying Ontario's landscape; moderating local climates by
providing shade, moderating temperature extremes and reducing the effects of
storms; creating more habitats for wildlife; improving soil and water
conservation; and boosting local economic opportunities - to name just a few.
    The 50 Million Tree Program can significantly cut landowners' costs of
large-scale tree planting and boost the number of trees planted.
    Working with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and its
tree-planting partners, Trees Ontario will plant two million trees over the
next year as part of this program.

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For further information: For 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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