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Wasaga Beach completes the picture with beautiful trees

September 24, 2007 – Wasaga Beach: The Town of Wasaga Beach in cooperation with the Trees Ontario Foundation and Maple Leaves Forever are proud to declare that the town’s first Maple Leaf Day will take place on Wednesday, September 26th at 11 am at the entrance to the walking trail at 41st Street and Blue Jay Place.

A symbolic red maple tree will be planted by Mayor Cal Patterson and other specially invited dignitaries under Green Streets Canada a Tree Canada urban forest initiative. “Green Streets Canada is Tree Canada’s flagship program, says Michael Rosen R.P.F., Tree Canada President. “Wasaga Beach’s attempt to bring native red maples is a creative and innovative urban forest project”, he said.

The Trees Ontario Foundation is partnering with Tree Canada to sponsor six Ontario communities under the program, including Wasaga Beach. “We are proud to be working with the Town of Wasaga Beach and Maple Leaves Forever to support this important urban forest project”, said Michael Scott, President and CEO of the Trees Ontario Foundation.

“We are privileged to be part of this celebration and to have been given the opportunity to donate 50 Red Maples to the town” said Ken Jewett founder and Chair of Maple Leaves Forever. Mr. Jewett added “to be included, for the first time, in the Canada-wide Maple Leaf Day event is an honour which we deeply appreciate.”

Other local sponsors of the event include Pine Valley Developments Corporation, Major’s Pharmacy, Robert and Sandy Litz, Goodies Cafe Restaurant, Copper Beach Landscaping, Ron Anderson Chartered Accountants and Grassroots Irrigation and Landscaping are also to be present. This collaborative effort has made it possible to line the streets in Phase 3 of Pine Valley’s development with native red maples (Acer rubrum) beginning a movement that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Maple Leaf Day on September 26 will be the one day when Canadians will be asked to reflect on the link between their lives and the maple leaf — a symbol of Canadians’ historical, economic and environmental link to trees. With 80% of the population living in cities and towns, we forget how much trees lend to our lives in terms of air and soil quality, aesthetics and psychological well-being.