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Tree Canada and Trees Ontario’s Green Streets Program Helps Vaughan Plant Trees

November 30, 2007 – Vaughan, ON – Despite winter’s approach, Vaughan is now a little greener following two tree planting events in the City of Vaughan, which were made possible with the support of Tree Canada and Trees Ontario’s Green Streets grant.

“The City of Vaughan is pleased with the tremendous support it has received to maintain the health of our forests and urban tree canopies,” said Mayor Linda Jackson. “Initiatives such as these help to improve our local environment and the overall quality of life for our residents, as Vaughan continues to distinguish itself as a green City.”

The City of Vaughan was recently named one of 16 winning communities from across Canada by Green Streets Canada for its urban forest programs. Green Streets Canada is an initiative of Tree Canada, a not-for-profit organization that encourages Canadians to plant and care for trees in both urban and rural environments.

In addition to being recognized as a leader for its urban forest programs, the City was awarded a grant of $12,000 to plant trees – particularly in areas affected by the Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALHB), an invasive insect first discovered in the community of Woodbridge in September 2003. Since its discovery, an aggressive eradication program has been undertaken by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to help stop the spread of the ALHB.

To offset the impact of the eradication program, the City of Vaughan hosted two tree planting events in Torii Park on November 28, and Alexander Elisa Park on November 29, respectively.

“The City will do everything in its power to combat the devastation caused by this destructive pest,” said Councillor Bernie DiVona, chair of the ALHB Intergovernmental Task Force. “As a result of the City of Vaughan’s reforestation and remediation program, we are planting more trees that we had prior to the infestation.”

Both events were supported by Tree Canada and Trees Ontario, two organizations committed to the re-greening of Ontario and Canada through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas.

“We are pleased that we can, in our small way, help the City of Vaughan manage its Asian Long-Horned Beetle problem,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “As the first community to discover this invasive insect, we hope that we can help Vaughan cope with its destruction. We are also pleased to have the support of our sponsors like Trees Ontario. Together we are making a difference in the urban forests of Ontario.”