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Tips for keeping your Christmas green… And how to both choose and recycle a real tree!

Tips for keeping your Christmas green… And how to both choose and recycle a real tree!

Posted: November 21, 2019

One of the biggest decisions Ontarians face during the holidays is whether to purchase a real or fake Christmas tree for their home. Yes, fake trees can be more convenient (if you have the space to store one), but consider the aroma, presence and environmental contribution of a real Christmas tree – the green choice.... Read More

Letter to the Editor: Where will we plant those two billion trees to fight climate change?

Letter to the Editor: Where will we plant those two billion trees to fight climate change?

Posted: November 18, 2019

On November 12th, The Guardian published an article titled ‘Where will we plant those two billion trees to fight climate change‘, referring to Prime Minister Trudeau’s promise to plant two billion trees over the next decade. Our CEO Rob Keen responded with an op-ed, which you can find below. Dear Editor I read with great interest Where... Read More

Ontario Envirothon Profile Alumni Profile: Emily Febrey

Ontario Envirothon Profile Alumni Profile: Emily Febrey

Posted: November 14, 2019

The Ontario Envirothon program helps to prepare students for post-secondary education and careers in the environmental sciences, and refines their interpersonal and teamwork skills. More than that, though, it touches the lives of its participants—fueling a passion for the environment and sparking friendships. In this series, a number of Envirothon alumni will be profiled to give... Read More

Forests Ontario and Highway of Heroes Collaborate to Honour Canadian Soldiers

Forests Ontario and Highway of Heroes Collaborate to Honour Canadian Soldiers

Posted: November 12, 2019

The Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign and Forests Ontario have joined together to advance tree planting efforts, which pay tribute to the soldiers of the Canadian armed forces, past and present, through the planting of 1.8 million trees. Through the campaign, tree planting subsidies covering up to 90 per cent of tree planting costs are... Read More

Toronto Christmas Market kicks off the holiday season  with a flare of fir – a Balsam Fir tree to be exact!

Toronto Christmas Market kicks off the holiday season with a flare of fir – a Balsam Fir tree to be exact!

Posted: November 12, 2019

Last Monday, in front of onlookers and Distillery District residents, the Toronto Christmas Market successfully installed its famed 50-foot Christmas tree, elevating the tree in the heart of the District. Donated by Forests Ontario and the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association and traveling from Bancroft, Ontario, the towering Balsam Fir delighted crowds, and now stands... Read More

50 Million Tree Program Alive and Kicking

50 Million Tree Program Alive and Kicking

Posted: November 6, 2019

By MJ Kettleborough Forests Ontario has announced the relaunch of its 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP).  The 50 MTP is a large-scale tree planting program for land and property owners with the goal of increasing forest cover in Ontario. “The 50 MTP is back and more accessible than ever,” said Rob Keen, CEO of... Read More

Tree Marker Profile: Al Corlett

Tree Marker Profile: Al Corlett

Posted: October 31, 2019

Tree marking involves the careful selection of trees for harvest or retention based on tree size, health, quality, biodiversity and wildlife habitat. In short, tree markers work to create healthy forests. I had the pleasure of chatting with Al Corlett, Silviculture Specialist for Forests Ontario and Coordinator for the Ontario Tree Marker Training Program, about... Read More

Under a Forest Canopy

Under a Forest Canopy

Posted: October 24, 2019

A poem by Arborist Inspector, Tyler Sellers.   Into the trees Under the canopy Of an old-growth forest Playing hiding seeking Climbing Paper bark on birch Camouflage of a plane tree Elephant like trunks of beech Different versions of the maple leaf The change in seasons Brings a change in colour Vibrant hues of autumn... Read More

Helping Seed Fall From the Trees…. To Become a Forest.

Helping Seed Fall From the Trees…. To Become a Forest.

Posted: October 17, 2019

By Barb Boysen This is a first note in a new series about seed – a call to work together to help seed become the forests we need.  This series is about society’s assumption that forests will always be a part of the Ontario landscape – and about how that is not true. — Did... Read More

Happily Covered Head-to-Toe in Mud: The power of nature connection for our childrens’ health and happiness

Happily Covered Head-to-Toe in Mud: The power of nature connection for our childrens’ health and happiness

Posted: October 10, 2019

By Lauren Dehens Lauren Dehens grew up on a farm in Norfolk County. In the summer of 2019 she worked at Nature’s Calling Environmental Education in Simcoe, Ont., running the group’s Explorer Daycamp. She believes that through hands-on, inquiry-based learning we can deepen the connection between youth and the natural world, and that by spreading... Read More