Plant trees and get involved with Forests Ontario!

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Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests and we’re dedicated to making Ontario’s forests greener. Our ambitious tree planting initiatives, extensive education programs, and decades of community outreach help plant millions of trees in the province each year.

In 2017, Forests Ontario is marking Canada’s sesquicentennial by establishing future forests and celebrating the rich legacy of our forests. Here are a few ways that you can get involved.

Make the trees you’re planting count!

The Ontario government and Forests Ontario are encouraging Ontarians to participate in Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge and help us reach our goal of planting three million trees across the province in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

You can join in the fun by adding your trees to the online counter, by participating in community planting events or donating to plant trees across the province. To add your trees to the tree counter and to learn more about Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge, please visit: greenleafchallenge.ca

If This Tree Could Talk

Forests Ontario and the TD Bank Group have joined together to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial by working with communities across Ontario to commemorate 150 trees through the Heritage Tree program. The program recognizes trees, our living monuments, based on their social, cultural, and historic significance.

Many of our oldest and largest trees or even groups of trees are closely linked to significant events and figures from our past. Heritage trees are a vital part of our landscape – whether they are growing in a forest, a park or in an urban area. These trees are revered for their beauty, shade, and connection to our history. They can also be a valuable source of important seeds, having survived for generations.

Anyone is invited to nominate a tree for the Heritage Tree Program. Forests Ontario provides freely accessible guides and resources on how to recognize potential heritage trees. Using these resources, individuals, community groups, and classrooms can submit trees for recognition as heritage trees.

If you know a special, storied tree in your neighbourhood or community share the story with us by visiting www.heritagetree.ca.

50 Million Tree Program – Funding Available for Tree Planting

In addition, we continue to deliver the Ontario government’s 50 Million Tree Program. Do you own a recreational property with huge potential? Are you thinking of planting trees on your property to create trails for walking or mountain biking? If you are a landowner with a property of 2.5 acres or more of open land you may be eligible for the 50 Million Tree Program.

The program makes tree planting convenient for you, it provides access funding to cover a significant portion your total planting costs. Forests Ontario will also connect you with local planting partner who provides practical assistance and expertise throughout the planting process.

Join more than 4,000 landowners who have partnered with Forests Ontario to plant trees on their acreage and contribute to a healthier environment for all Ontarians by providing cleaner air and water, healthier soils, and offsetting the effects of climate change.

To find out more about leaving your legacy, visit forestsontario.ca/50MTP or contact Suzanne Perry, our Forestry Outreach Coordinator at 1-877-646-1193 or [email protected].

Let your voice be heard

As a membership based organization, your support enables us to move forward with our mission to promote and support our forests through restoration, stewardship, education and awareness efforts.

Ensuring healthy forests is essential to a healthy society and healthy economy. And, healthy managed forests maximize carbon uptake which helps fight climate change. Together, we will work to promote the social, economic, and ecological importance of forests to ensure the continuation of healthy forested landscapes for future generations.

Help strengthen the voice of our forests by adding your voice on social media. And, support us through membership – join today at forestsontario.ca.