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National Christmas Tree Day is on December 2nd – will you choose a real or fake tree this year? Here are tips to help you choose the perfect real tree!

National Christmas Tree Day is on December 2nd – will you choose a real or fake tree this year? Here are tips to help you choose the perfect real tree!

As the holiday season approaches and families begin to decorate their condos, apartments and homes, the perennial question arises – what is better, a real or artificial Christmas tree? Some, perhaps because of convenience, prefer artificial trees. Others question the environmental impact and carbon footprint of transporting a plastic tree from across the world. Rob... Read More

Santa’s not here yet…but the world’s tallest (not actually confirmed)  Christmas tree is now up at the Toronto Christmas Market

Santa’s not here yet…but the world’s tallest (not actually confirmed) Christmas tree is now up at the Toronto Christmas Market

TORONTO, Ont., November 1, 2017 – With Thanksgiving and Halloween behind us, it’s time to start focusing on the holiday season. If you need any convincing, look high above Toronto’s Distillery Historic District skyline. This morning organizers hoisted and secured a 50-foot white spruce tree, soon to be decorated with more than 40,000 lights, 800... Read More

Toronto to Manitoulin: The Path to Planting

Toronto to Manitoulin: The Path to Planting

Susan Snelling and Barb Erskine recognized as Forests Ontario Green Leaders for their commitment to tree planting

Manitoulin Island, Ontario, October 4, 2017 – In 2003, Susan Snelling and Barb Erskine packed their belongings and left fast-paced Toronto for the idyllic serenity of Manitoulin Island. The move north was prompted by an employment offer that Barb, a psychologist, received from a First Nations health centre; Susan, her partner, a researcher in the... Read More

Ottawa’s Champlain Oaks Withstand the Test of Time

Ottawa’s Champlain Oaks Withstand the Test of Time

Four trees recognized as Heritage Trees on National Tree Day

Ottawa, Ontario, September 27, 2017 – Forests Ontario is working with community members and TD Bank Group in celebration of Ontario’s living landmarks – Heritage Trees. The Ontario Heritage Tree Program has already recognized 65 Heritage Trees. Throughout the sesquicentennial, the program seeks to recognize 150 Heritage Trees, sharing these Trees’ unique stories and deep... Read More

Forests Ontario Commends the Ontario Government for Increasing Funding for Tree Planting Program

Forests Ontario Commends the Ontario Government for Increasing Funding for Tree Planting Program

Increased tree planting incentives to help combat climate change

Toronto, ON, August 30th, 2017 – The government of Ontario has pledged additional funding for the 50 Million Tree Program through the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account Initiative; this increased support allows Forests Ontario and our partners to continue to work toward healthy, abundant, and sustainably-managed forests across Ontario.... Read More

Planters Give Ontario the Gift of 369,473 Trees for 150th Birthday

Planters Give Ontario the Gift of 369,473 Trees for 150th Birthday

Join Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge to Plant a Tree and Fight Climate Change in 2017

Toronto, ON, July 13, 2017 – Forests Ontario thanks the partners, businesses, community groups, schools, families, and individuals who have joined in Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge by planting 369,473 trees to date this year. This spring, Forests Ontario and the Ontario government invited all Ontarians to participate in the Green Leaf Challenge to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.... Read More

Trees for the Bees

Trees for the Bees

Karin Tomosky recognized as a Forests Ontario Green Leader for her commitment to building pollinator habitat

In 2011, Karin Tomosky returned to the Milton-area property where she grew up. The land has a rich history; it was granted heritage status after Karin’s mother found arrowheads dating back to when the Attawandarons, a First Nations community, lived in the area. Karin’s goals were twofold: preserve the land and help the environment. She... Read More

Forests Ontario Announces 2017 Ontario Envirothon Champion

Forests Ontario Announces 2017 Ontario Envirothon Champion

Ontario’s largest environmental competition connects youth to the outdoors

LINDSAY, ON, May 31, 2017 — Today marked the final day of the 2017 Envirothon—Ontario’s largest environmental competition. The top 100 students, from across the province, congregated at Lindsay Ontario’s Fleming College with hope their team would be titled Ontario Envirothon Provincial Champions. This year’s Ontario Envirothon Champion is University of Toronto Schools from Toronto, who... Read More

Sunderland Sand & Gravel Pit Open House

Sunderland Sand & Gravel Pit Open House

Annual Open House offers public behind the scenes view of Sunderland Sand & Gravel Pit

Sunderland, ON, May 29th 2017 – On Saturday, May 27th, Canada Building Materials (CBM) hosted their Annual Open House at their Sunderland Sand & Gravel Pit. The event offered the public a behind the scenes look at the facilities and operations at the Sunderland Pit, which has provided raw materials for construction projects in the... Read More

Forestry Connects and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Introduce Teens to Forestry Careers

Forestry Connects and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Introduce Teens to Forestry Careers

KENORA, ON, May 26, 2017—Forestry Connects, an annual Forests Ontario program which educates high school students on careers in the forestry sector, was held from May 25th-26th with generous support from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Schools from Ontario and Manitoba congregated in Kenora, Ontario for two full-days of outdoor workshops, camping activities, and interaction with... Read More