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Highway of Heroes ‘Green Monument’ to Expand

Highway of Heroes ‘Green Monument’ to Expand

Posted: January 20, 2020

A green tribute to Canada’s veterans and fallen comrades is set to expand this spring along Canada’s busiest highway, thanks to new support for tree planting. Property owners can now apply for a funding subsidy that provides financial assistance to help plant trees near Highway 401, from Windsor to Cornwall, by virtue of a powerful... Read More

A New Tree Planting Opportunity for Landowners: Forest Ontario’s Over-the-Counter Program

A New Tree Planting Opportunity for Landowners: Forest Ontario’s Over-the-Counter Program

Posted: January 15, 2020

If you’re a landowner interested in planting trees on your property, you might be eligible for funding assistance from Forests Ontario’s Over-the-Counter (OTC) Tree Sales Program. Unlike our 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP), the OTC Program is designed to support small-scale tree planting initiatives across the province. Landowners will not be expected to enter... Read More

Faces of Forests Ontario: Fraser McLaughlin

Faces of Forests Ontario: Fraser McLaughlin

Posted: January 8, 2020

Favourite Tree: White Cedar Position: Forestry Program Development Coordinator The Forests Ontario team is pleased to introduce Fraser McLaughlin as our newest member! As the Forestry Program Development Coordinator, Fraser will be using Geographic Information System (GIS) software to compile environmental data and strategically identify tree planting areas for the 50 Million Tree Program. He’ll... Read More

Tree Identification With Grade School Students in North Toronto:  A Forestry in the Classroom Adventure

Tree Identification With Grade School Students in North Toronto: A Forestry in the Classroom Adventure

Posted: January 2, 2020

By Peter Kuitenbrouwer A surprise early November snowfall overnight swaddled North York in white. This caused some concern for Elisa Bisgould-Menendian, the grade 4-5 teacher. Did all her students have boots? Could she responsibly take them out for the tree identification workshop in the park across from Ancaster Public School? Luckily, all but one student... Read More

York Region 2019 Tree Bee Competition

York Region 2019 Tree Bee Competition

Posted: December 19, 2019

The Regional Municipality of York and Forests Ontario partnered once again to deliver the fifth annual York Region Tree Bee Competition. On November 19th, eager youth from across the region gathered together at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts to prepare for the big evening. As competitors settled into their teams, volunteers and staff... Read More

Forests Ontario 2020 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Carol Phillips

Forests Ontario 2020 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Carol Phillips

Posted: December 17, 2019

Our 2020 Annual Conference will call attendees to discuss ways in which we can all collaborate to ensure our forests’ future. We are proud to announce the Keynote Speaker, Carol Phillips. Carol Phillips is a partner at Moriyama and Teshima Architects, a renowned architecture firm known for remarkable and innovative projects in Canada and internationally. Carol... Read More

Seven-Year-Old’s Birthday Money and Other Donations Help Forests Ontario Plant Trees

Seven-Year-Old’s Birthday Money and Other Donations Help Forests Ontario Plant Trees

Posted: December 16, 2019

The other day, a boy visited our office with his mother. He was seven years old. In his hand, the boy clutched a small mason jar. The jar was crammed full of bills, loonies and toonies. “This is my birthday money,” the boy said. “I want to donate it to Forests Ontario. I have $80... Read More

Forests Ontario Celebrates National Christmas Tree Day with Smokey Bear at the Toronto Christmas Market

Forests Ontario Celebrates National Christmas Tree Day with Smokey Bear at the Toronto Christmas Market

Posted: December 10, 2019

Forests Ontario’s CEO, Rob Keen, took the stage at the Toronto Christmas Market in celebration of National Christmas Tree Day on Saturday. Accompanied by Smokey Bear, Keen gave information on the benefits of choosing real Christmas trees. “Real Christmas trees are the most environmentally friendly choice there is,” Keen, a Registered Professional Forester for 38... Read More

Bright Lights: Lieutenant Governor Celebrates Bright Environmental Students at Tree Lighting Ceremony

Bright Lights: Lieutenant Governor Celebrates Bright Environmental Students at Tree Lighting Ceremony

Posted: December 9, 2019

Tidings of comfort and joy filled the Vice-Regal Suite at Queen’s Park on December 6th for the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell lit the tree, a Balsam Fir donated by Forests Ontario and Somerville Nursery, in celebration of students who have exceled in environmental education competitions. “Forests Ontario has been... Read More

Welcome to Grasslands Ontario: Forests Ontario’s newest division promotes enhancement of vital habitat

Welcome to Grasslands Ontario: Forests Ontario’s newest division promotes enhancement of vital habitat

Posted: December 5, 2019

Ontario’s ecological integrity depends on forests, wetlands and grasslands. Each of these habitats provide unique ecosystem services, working in tandem to support a healthy environment. Grasslands, for example, are home to a staggering abundance and richness of plant and animal species, some of them classified as at risk in Ontario. In addition to supporting biodiversity,... Read More