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Trees Ontario Attends Christmas Tree Presentation at Queen’s Park

December 18, 2008 – Last week, Trees Ontario attended a reception held at the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park to celebrate the Ontario Forestry Association’s (OFA) Christmas tree presentation. The Honourable David C. Onley, vice-regal officer and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, was in attendance to accept a beautiful Fraser Fir tree which was donated by Somerville Nursery in Everett, Ontario and decorated for the holidays with energy efficient LED lights. The tree was presented to the Lieutenant Governor by the 2008 OFA Tree Bee and Envirothon winners. In return, the Lieutenant Governor presented each of the winning students with a certificate to commemorate their achievement.

Tree Bee is an exciting educational experience for elementary students grades 4-6 to explore the world of nature, forestry and conservation. The OFA has been hosting this competition for 56 years. The 2007 winning team came from Our Lady of the Bay Catholic School in Pickering. The 2008 winning team will be present at next year’s OFA Christmas tree presentation.

Ontario Envirothon is a hands-on environmental education program for high school students. Students participate in Envirothon competitions as teams made up of five members and study the areas of forestry, wildlife, aquatics, soils and a current issue that changes annually. The 2008 winning team came from West Hill Secondary School in Owen Sound, who went on to represent Ontario at the Canon Envirothon in Arizona and placed 12th out of 52 teams from across North America.

For more information on OFA and the Tree Bee visit www.oforest.on.ca.

For more information on Ontario Envirothon visit http://www.ontarioenvirothon.on.ca.