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OPG & Trees Ontario at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2011 – In celebration of the International Year of Forests, Trees Ontario and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will be handing out free native White Spruce seed kits at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

The seed kit – an initiative of OPG Biodiversity – encourages young Ontarians and their families to get involved in protecting and conserving biodiversity in forest ecosystems and urban parklands. Visitors to the Trees Ontario/OPG booth will be given a tree seed kit with instructions, including online registration and where they can record and track the progress of their tree.

Forestry experts will be on hand to discuss tree planting tips and techniques, and to assess eligibility for tree planting subsidy and tax incentive programs.

Free native tree seed kits will be available*:

  • At the Trees Ontario/OPG booth (Hall C #8711) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the show (November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13). Trees Ontario tree planters may be out on the show floor distributing seed kits during other days as well.
  • On Sunday, November 13, handed out by Santa Claus and his helpers

* Tree seed kits will be available during specified show dates and locations noted above while supplies last.

Trees Ontario, working with its partners, is the largest not-for-profit tree planting partnership in North America. Trees Ontario aims to restore the province’s tree planting capacity throughout Ontario on private lands, by providing funding and planning support for its tree planting partners, including: local Conservation Authorities, Ontario Stewardship Councils, municipal governments and community volunteer groups.

OPG Biodiversity is a series of province-wide conservation-focused, family-friendly action and education initiatives sponsored by OPG and its partners. Its goal is to get Ontarians involved in protecting and conserving biodiversity in our urban parklands and forest ecosystems. As part of its commitment to biodiversity, OPG and its partners have planted more than close to 5 million trees and shrubs since 2000. For more information, visit

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. For more information, please visit: