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Last Chance for Spring 2013 Tree Planting

Trees Ontario encourages property landowners to take advantage of available subsidies for large-scale tree planting

TORONTO, ON, March 13, 2013 – With the spring planting season just around the corner, Trees Ontario is encouraging rural landowners to take advantage of the subsidies and technical assistance available to carry out large-scale tree planting, establishing new forests on their land.

The subsidies are substantial and cover up to 80 per cent of the total cost. Trees Ontario works with many partners to administer and deliver these programs to landowners.  Partners such as Conservation Authorities, local stewardship councils and forestry consultants work directly with landowners to determine site eligibility, apply for grant funding and coordinate tree planting.

“Our natural environment is our legacy. We need to increase forest cover in Ontario, and our tree planting programs and subsidies help landowners to restore forest on their land,” explains Rob Keen, RPF, Trees Ontario CEO. “Whether tree planting for recreation, enhanced wildlife habitat or for environmental reasons, the subsidies and services offered through Trees Ontario and our partners offer landowners the opportunity to plant trees today that will contribute to our future health, economy and society.”

Increasing forest cover on our settled landscapes is Trees Ontario’s mission. Experts have determined that a minimum 30 per cent forest cover is required to maintain a healthy, sustainable environment. However, in some regions of southern Ontario there is actually less than five per cent forest cover, leading to potential soil erosion, habitat loss, and even impacts on human health.

By investing in large-scale tree planting, landowners will contribute to the overall health of the natural environment and the many services it provides: purifying our air and water, establishing wildlife habitat and mitigating the effects of climate change.

To learn more about available subsidy programs, visit www.treesontario.ca/programs or contact Trees Ontario at 1.877.646.1193 or info@treesontario.ca.

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For more information, photos or to arrange an interview please contact:

Shelley McKay
Marketing and Communications Manager
Trees Ontario
144 Front Street West, Suite 700, Toronto, ON, M5J 2L7
e: smckay@treesontario.ca
p: 416-646-1193 ext. 232