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Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation and Trees Ontario Work With Local Businesses to Plant Trees

July 21 2008 KING CITY, ON: The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation (ORMF) and Trees Ontario (TO) are pitching a new tree planting concept to businesses on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

In order to increase forest cover across the Moraine, ORMF and TO are providing businesses and their employees the opportunity to learn why tree planting is so valuable to a healthy ecosystem.

“Businesses can give back to their communities and to the environment. We’re making it easy,” said Kim Gavine, Executive Director, ORMF.

There are three ways for businesses to become involved. The first, a free in-house “Lunch and Learn” will give employees an opportunity to learn why Trees Ontario and many other agencies are actively engaged in planting trees.

The second involves a donation from the business to Trees Ontario to support planting of seedlings on suitable properties in the spring of 2009 on behalf of the business. Businesses will be recognized for their green support with a commemorative oak tree being planted at the business site.

The final option being offered is for participating businesses to get their employees actively involved in planting saplings on a half-day tree planting excursion. With a donation to Trees Ontario, a forestry expert will be on hand to lead the planting and share information with participants in this great team-building exercise.

“With its partners, Trees Ontario plants nearly 3 million healthy trees a year,” said Michael Scott, President and CEO, Trees Ontario. “Our goal is to increase tree planting rates to 10 million trees a year by 2015. We will only achieve this ambitious goal with the financial support and involvement of communities such as businesses on the Moraine.”

Sign up your business or enlist a number of your neighbours in your industrial park and get involved with increasing forest cover on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Learn about planting now, enjoy the activity forever. The birds (and many others) will thank you for it.

About the Oak Ridges Moraine

Stretching 160 kilometers from the Trent River to the Niagara Escarpment, The Oak Ridges Moraine has long been recognized for its importance as wildlife habitat and a source of groundwater. It is the starting point for 65 rivers flowing into Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe and the Kawartha Lakes, and is the source of drinking water for over 250,000 people. http://www.moraineforlife.org.

About The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation

The Foundation operates primarily by funding the work of others and offers leadership or coordination for Moraine-wide activities. The Foundation is also a convener, bringing people and interests together to identify common ground. To date, the Foundation has committed over $12 million to 146 projects across the moraine. http://www.moraineforlife.org/about/index.php