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Ontarians Digging In to Turn Ontario Green on 50 Million Tree Weekend

Toronto, May 5, 2009 – On Mother’s Day weekend, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Trees Ontario and its planting partners will host five free community tree planting events as part of the first annual 50 Million Tree Weekend. Planting events will take place in Guelph, Alliston and Mississauga on May 8 and Whitchurch-Stouffville (near Newmarket) and Kingston on May 9.

Organized in support of the highly successful 50 Million Tree Program, the first annual 50 Million Tree Weekend will help kick off the spring planting season and provide an easy way for communities to contribute significantly towards greening up the province.

Families are invited to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend in a unique and special way by attending a tree planting event and creating their own family tree planting legacy.

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.

On Saturday, May 9, Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources, will join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario, York Region representatives, the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, local environmental and community groups, volunteers, families, mothers and residents at a tree planting event in Whitchurch-Stouffville near Newmarket, Ontario.

Trees Ontario planting partners and forestry experts will be onsite at all five events offering short tree planting tutorials to teach everyone the proper techniques to ensure a successful tree planting. Participants will then plant native trees in the designated afforestation areas. Each planting event is four hours in length, and participants will be taking part in a planting activity for approximately two hours.

Families are invited to celebrate Mother’s Day in a unique way by planting trees to create their own family legacy.

Media are invited to join the tutorials and tree planting events across the province.

For more information and to register to participate in one of these five free events, please visit: www.50milliontreeweekend.com

WHAT: Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Weekend

DATE:  Friday, May 8

WHERE: GUELPH/ERAMOSA
Guelph Rotary Forest
Guelph Lake Conservation Area
7743 Conservation Dr., RR 4
WHEN:   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHO:     Representatives from the Grand River Conservation Authority
Local school groups from the Guelph
Lake Nature Centre

 

WHERE: NEAR ALLISTON
Tosorontio Concession Road 3
(North of 5th sideroad)
Adjala-Tosorontio
WHEN:   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHO:     Mary Brett, Councillor, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio
Tom Cook, Councillor, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio
Students from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
Representatives from South Simcoe Streams Network

 

WHERE: MISSISSAUGA
Pine Cliff Park, Pine Cliff Drive
(Northwest of Creditview/Britannia)
WHEN:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHO:    George Carlson, Councillor, City of Mississauga
Representatives from Credit Valley Conservation Authority
Representatives from CVC’s Conservation Youth Corps

 

DATE: Saturday, May 9

 

WHERE: WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE
East of Newmarket
York Regional Forest Bendor and Graves Tract, Davis Drive
(Between Kennedy and McCowan)
WHEN:   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHO:    Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources
Michael G. Scott, President and CEO, Trees Ontario
Wayne Emmerson, Mayor, Whitchurch-Stouffville
Sandra Morris, Regional Director, Capacity Building and Community Affairs,
Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario
Representatives from York Region
Representatives from Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation

 

WHERE: KINGSTON
Lemoine Point Conservation Area,
1990 Front Road
WHEN:   9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
WHO:    Dorothy Hector, Board Member, Cataraqui Region CA
Jane Murphy, Vice-President, Friends of Lemoine Point