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Ontario’s First 50 Million Tree Weekend Launched

TORONTO, April 9, 2009 – Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources,  kicked off the spring tree planting season and announced Ontario’s first annual 50 Million Tree Weekend which will feature major community tree planting events during this year’s Mother’s Day weekend.

A team of Girl Guides and the minister planted a healthy native white pine at Toronto’s waterfront to kick-off Ontario’s busy tree planting season.

Over the next six weeks, Trees Ontario is expected to plant approximately two million trees as part of the Ontario government’s 50 Million Tree program, which will see 50 million trees planted in southern Ontario by 2025. This is the single largest commitment to the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign aimed at planting one billion trees worldwide each year.

With today’s announcement, Mother’s Day weekend becomes the focal point of community-based tree planting initiatives for the 50 Million Tree Program.

Last fall and winter, Trees Ontario and its tree planting partners hosted free tree planting workshops across the province.

“I’m overwhelmed by the attendance at those workshops, which helped us secure many tree planting commitments from Ontario landowners,” said Cansfield. “The 50 Million Tree Weekend will make it easy for Ontarians to take part and show their enthusiasm for greening the province and helping to fight climate change.”

This year’s 50 Million Tree Weekend will feature community tree planting events across the province including Guelph, Alliston and Mississauga on May 8 and Whitchurch-Stouffville (near Newmarket) and Kingston on May 9.  More details on these and other tree planting events can be found at

“Now in its second year, the 50 Million Tree Program has already had close to 1.3 million trees planted across Ontario, with another two million to go into the ground in the next six weeks,” said Michael Scott, President and CEO, Trees Ontario. “The more people that become involved, the more trees we can plant to meet our commitment to the United Nations and reach our goal for a greener Ontario.”


Planting Locations for Ontario’s First 50 Million Tree Weekend – May 8 & 9, 2009.

To sign up or for more information and maps, go to

Date and Time Event Location Partner Participants to include:
May 8

10 a.m.–2 p.m.


Guelph Rotary Forest

Guelph Lake Conservation Area

7743 Conservation Dr., RR 4

Grand River Conservation Authority Local school group from GRCA Nature Centre and public
May 8

10 a.m.–2 p.m.


Tosorontio Concession Road 3

(north of 5th sideroad)


South Simcoe Streams Network Local high school group from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School and public
May 8

10 a.m.–2 p.m.


Pine Cliff Park, Pine Cliff Drive

(Northwest of Creditview/Britannia)

Credit Valley Conservation CVC’s Conservation Youth Corps and public
May 9

10 a.m.–2 p.m.


East of Newmarket:

York Regional Forest Graves and Bendor Tract, Davis Drive

(between Kennedy and McCowan)

York Region Minister Cansfield, community members, families and York Region staff
May 9

9 a.m.–11:30 a.m.


Lemoine Point Conservation Area,

1990 Front Road

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority Friends of Lemoine Point volunteers and public