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Ontarians Eager to Help Find Homes for Tree Seedlings

TORONTO, January 28, 2009 – Ontarians are enthusiastically stepping up to help the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources meet its goal to plant 50 million trees by 2025 – the largest single commitment to the United Nations Billion Tree Program.

Many Ontario landowners are planning to attend a series of community workshops in late February and early March to learn about tree planting techniques, financial incentives like the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) that can help reduce property taxes by up to 75%, along with ways to reduce their environmental footprint and how to participate in the 50 Million Tree Program.

“Landowners see the value in the Ontario government’s tree planting incentives and are working with us to green up the province and reduce the effects of climate change while saving a significant amount of money,” said the Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources. “With this growing interest, we should be well on our way to meeting our 50 Million Tree Program goal.”

The 50 Million Tree Program, announced in August 2007 by Premier McGuinty, is the single largest commitment to the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign, and will plant 50 million new trees in southern Ontario by 2025.

The free tree planting workshops, hosted by Trees Ontario, the Ontario Forestry Association, and local planting agency partner, are designed to inform and gain the commitment of Ontario landowners to participate in the tree planting subsidy and tax incentive programs available, including the 50 Million Tree Program. Local forestry experts share information on subsidy programs, good forestry practices and how to plant trees and reduce costs.

“The winter series of workshops follows the highly successful fall workshops that saw many landowners from across the province step up and make planting commitments for the spring of 2009,” said Michael Scott, President and CEO, Trees Ontario. “With these winter workshops, we are attracting more landowners – those converting their farmland, with vacation properties and those wishing to create a legacy. Everyone wants to help improve our environment.”

Some of the financial incentives range from $0.10/tree to as high as $1.25/tree, which can reduce the cost to the landowner to as low as $0.15, depending on the size of their land and the number of trees planted. In addition, the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP), administered by the OFA, can provide significant property tax reductions for landowners who own at least 10 acres or more of forested land. Eligible landowners work with a plan approver to prepare and follow a forest management plan. Upon acceptance into the program, the forested portion of the property is reassessed as managed forest and taxed at a reduced rate the following year for a period of 10 years.

Did you know?

  • Seedlings planted by Trees Ontario and its participating landowners are usually two to three years old and range from 24 to 36cm in height.  Depending on tree species it takes 60 to 100 years for trees to mature and they will range in height from 18 metres (red pine) to 30 meters (white pine).
  • In one year, a single tree can absorb as much carbon as is produced by a car driven 41,800 kilometres – that’s a daily commute from Markham to downtown Toronto, from Mississauga to Hamilton, from Napanee to Kingston, and from Woodstock to London.

Ontario Forestry Association

The Ontario Forestry Association (OFA) is a non-profit, registered charity. It is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of all aspects of Ontario’s forests, and to develop commitment to stewardship of forest ecosystems. The OFA has been involved in public education around forestry and environmental issues since the 1940s. Over the years they have been involved in major initiatives involving restoration, commemoration and the management of our forests and natural environment. To this day, they continue to increase public education and knowledge of forestry and environmental issues. Visit the OFA website at