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Trees Ontario joins with Tree Canada in supporting urban forests programs in 5 municipalities

Ottawa, ON – May 29, 2008 – Tree Canada is pleased to announce the list of the winning Green Streets Canada 2008/09 municipalities who have successfully demonstrated their innovation and creative approaches in helping green Canada through their urban forest programs.

“It’s our sponsors who make this program possible,” says Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “Trees Ontario, BC Hydro, Tenaquip and the Loewen Foundation have made green communities a priority and they all stepped up to the plate to make this happen.”

Green Streets Canada is the flagship program of Tree Canada and is the country’s only national urban forest innovation initiative. It rewards municipalities that have gone beyond the call of duty and have recognized the importance of ensuring the survival of trees in their urban communities.

More than 370 municipalities have participated in the Green Streets program since its inception. The funds are used for projects that develop tools and practices that sustain and promote the health of urban forests, including state-of-the-art municipal planning guidelines, community tree stewardship, outreach and awareness, planting and maintenance programs.

This year’s winners are:

  1. Burns Lake, BC / BC Hydro – Replant trees lost to Mountain Pine Beetle
  2. Penticton, BC / BC Hydro – Replant trees destroyed in windstorm
  3. District of Kitimat, BC / BC Hydro – Working with residents to plant mature trees in community
  4. Prince George, BC / BC Hydro – Smart Growth on the Ground (SGOG) -sustainable neighbourhood plan
  5. Kamloops, BC / BC Hydro – Replant public areas affected by Mountain Pine Beetle
  6. Kitchener, ON / Trees Ontario – Urban renewal to create pedestrian-friendly King St
  7. Brantford, ON / Trees Ontario – Urban Forestry Program
  8. Kingston, ON / Trees Ontario – Creation of an urban forest
  9. Windsor, ON / Trees Ontario – Planting around a new recreation centre
  10. Ottawa, ON / Trees Ontario – Distribute 20,000 trees to residents
  11. Beausejour,MB / Loewen Foundation – Tree Inventory Project
  12. Gatineau, QC / Tenaquip – Develop program to assess trees on city property
  13. Rosemre, QC / Tenaquip – Reforestation of Tylee Marsh
  14. Saint-Lazare, QC / Tenaquip – Greening project for residential areas

This year’s winners are among the 54 Green Streets proposals received at Tree Canada.

Green Streets Canada allows municipalities large and small, to take advantage of the benefits trees provide. Every time a new tree is put into the ground, it immediately begins to absorb carbon and produce oxygen while purifying the air we breathe. Green Streets winners understand how trees beautify the area, create natural wind and noise screens and reduce the need to heat and air-condition homes and places of work. They also provide homes for small animals and birds reduce soil runoff from erosion and allow all residents to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

About BC Hydro

BC Hydro is a Crown corporation, owned by the Province of British Columbia and regulated by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), an independent body. It is one of North America’s leading providers of clean, renewable energy, and the largest electric utility in British Columbia, serving about 95 per cent of the province’s population of 1.7 million customers.

About Tenaquip

Founded in 1968 by Kenneth Reed, Tenaquip was the first distributor in Canada to sell industrial product through catalogues. Today Tenaquip continues to be a leader in the Canadian industrial marketplace, providing Canadian business from coast to coast with general maintenance, repair and operational and safety supplies.

About the Loewen Foundation

The C. P. Loewen Family Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of charitable causes as expressed in its Mission–“Grounded in faith, we will nurture the strength and vibrancy of people, communities and the earth within which we live.” The Foundation’s Areas of Concern include education, faith, environment, poverty alleviation, and community building in areas in which Loewen employees live and work. The Foundation’s granting impacts these areas not only in North America but in other parts of the world as well.

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 75 million trees have been planted and more than 450 schoolyards have been greened.