Tree planting efforts + financial support + technical expertise is the
formula for success in achieving 2012 goal of planting three million
trees in southern Ontario
TORONTO, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Trees Ontario and its partners are three
million trees closer to the Environmental Commissioner, Gordon Miller's
goal of planting a billion trees in southern Ontario to achieve the
minimum 30 per cent forest cover needed for a healthy ecosystem and
Trees Ontario, the largest not-for-profit tree planting partnership in North America,
is leading efforts to strengthen Ontario's tree planting infrastructure
by enhancing the capacity of its tree planting partners through
financial support and professional development expertise, delivering
landowner incentives through cost offsetting and educating the public
through awareness campaigns and community workshops.
This spring was yet another successful tree planting season as
landowners, planting partners, the Ontario government, community groups and corporate partners such
as CAA, and Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, supported planting projects that resulted in the planting of more than
three million new trees.
"Trees and green spaces have been linked to a significant decline in
asthma, heart disease, diabetes, stress and certain childhood
illnesses, as well as improved rehabilitation and faster hospital
recovery rates," said Rob Keen, CEO, Trees Ontario. "That is why Trees
Ontario is working so diligently to increase the entire forest
restoration cycle: from tree seed forecasting and collection to tree
planting, tending, and technical education."
Last week, Trees Ontario and its partners gathered together at the
organization's annual Planting Delivery Agency meeting to discuss the
spring planting season, and strategize and plan for the fall, when more
trees will be planted.
Over the two-day workshop, Trees Ontario and its partners discussed the
catalyst to reach the one billion tree mark - the Ontario government's
50 Million Tree Program. Trees Ontario administers this program by
working with its partners and landowners who are needed to make this
program a success.
"I applaud Trees Ontario and their many partners for rising to the
challenge of our 50 Million Tree Program," said Michael Gravelle,
Ontario's Minister of Natural Resources. "With over 11 million trees
planted across Southern Ontario since we began in 2007, together we are
making the future greener for all Ontarians."
"This commitment from the government is a significant step in supporting
Ontario's overall targets but we also need financial contributions from
individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our forest
restoration programs and special projects," added Keen. "This is
crucial if we are to be successful in increasing our annual tree
planting totals and achieving the billion trees goal," added Keen.
The three million trees planted in 2012 contributed to a total of 16
million trees planted since 2004. Trees Ontario encourages all
landowners interested in large-scale tree planting efforts to consider
taking part in a subsidy program and provide a home for these trees.
With a billion trees needed, everyone is welcome to help reach this
goal. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.treesontario.ca.
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.
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, First Nations, municipal governments and community volunteer
50 Million Tree Program
In August 2007, the government of Ontario introduced a program to fund
the planting of 50 million trees across the province, 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 one of the most
ambitious program of its kind in North America and the largest goal of
any jurisdiction, anywhere.
The 50 Million Tree Program significantly cuts landowners' costs of
large-scale tree planting and boosts the number of trees planted.
SOURCE Trees Ontario
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