Forests Ontario

News & Events

Celebrate National Forest Week with Forests Ontario

(Toronto, ON) September 24, 2015 – September 20th-26th is National Forest Week. National Forest Week dates back to 1920, when it first began as Forest Fire Prevention Week before adopting its current name in 1967. National Forest Week is a call for all Canadians to learn more about the place our forests occupy in our history and culture and the roles they play in fostering social, economic, and environmental well-being in our communities. Throughout the week, individuals and groups across the country will be supporting activities that celebrate the beauty and importance of forests.

Forests Ontario is proud to offer a variety of opportunities to support the future of our forests and learn more about one of our most vital renewable natural resources. Here are just some of the ways Forests Ontario offers for getting involved during National Forest Week and throughout the year.

Plant with the 50 Million Tree Program

The 50 Million Tree Program offers financial and practical assistance to landowners in Ontario looking to plant trees on their property. If your property is eligible for the program (learn more about eligibility and program requirements here), Forests Ontario will connect you to a local planting partner in your area who will assess your property and work with you to develop a plan for planting and managing your forest. Partners handle all major aspects of the planting process, including seed collection, site assessment, planting, invasive species control, and will also conduct follow-up assessments.

If you are interested in planting under the 50 Million Tree Program, we encourage you to get in touch with Forests Ontario this fall in order to best prepare for a spring 2016 planting. Trees can serve as great assets to landowners, acting as windbreaks, providing soil stabilization, and increasing property values while also creating a healthier ecosystem for all Ontarians. To ensure an optimal planting in the spring, get in touch with Forests Ontario during the fall at 1-877-646-1193.

Forests Ontario Membership

Forests Ontario members have access to forest management resources, valuable networking opportunities, and frequent special offers from our partners and sponsors. Members are also able to access events and workshops hosted by Forests Ontario at discounted rates. In addition to these amazing perks and benefits, as a member you will be lending your voice to our mission of making Ontario greener and healthier. A strong membership base is essential to our ability to build new partnerships and support for our work. Click here to become a member.

Focus on Forests

Focus on Forests is a collection of learning resources and activities to get students learning more about our forests. Resources are available for all ages from kindergarten to grade 12 and provide teachers with simple and easy ways to take learning outdoors and engage students in learning about our forests and natural environment from an early age. Focus on Forests resources are curriculum-linked, tying in math, communication, and critical thinking skills into activities covering major topics in forestry.

-30-

For information and to schedule interviews, please contact:

Alison Rutka

Communications Manager

416.646.1193 x257

arutka@forestsontario.ca