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Jamie McRae Wins Forests Ontario’s 2018 Ontario Wood Award

Jamie McRae Wins Forests Ontario’s 2018 Ontario Wood Award

Forests Ontario Announces Award Winners at Annual Conference

TORONTO, ON (February 9, 2018) – Lumberman Jamie McRae was one of several award winners announced at Forests Ontario’s annual conference today. McRae took home the 2018 Ontario Wood Award for his contributions to the positive promotion of the Ontario Wood brand. A fifth-generation forestry professional, McRae’s family history dates back to the forestry boom... Read More

Trees Breathe New Life into Farmer’s Land – And Second Career

Trees Breathe New Life into Farmer’s Land – And Second Career

Trent Massey recognized as a Green Leader after planting new forest

Trent Massey was a farmer raising cows, chickens, pigs and goats in Echo Bay, Ontario—home of The Big Loonie. But when he had to pack the business in and sell his livestock, he and his wife were left wondering what to do with their sprawling 30 acres of land.    When Trent was introduced to Forests... Read More

Ways to Tree-cycle, a used Christmas tree

Ways to Tree-cycle, a used Christmas tree

While your discarded Christmas tree may look sad and bare without the lights and ornaments lying on the snowbank, it is getting ready for its next tree-cycling act. Christmas trees are 100 per cent biodegradable and there are many ways to give your tree a second life this post-holiday season. Most municipalities in Ontario have... Read More

Lighting the Tree in Celebration of Outdoor Education

Lighting the Tree in Celebration of Outdoor Education

Forests Ontario joins The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to ring in the holiday season at Queen’s Park

TORONTO, ON, December 4, 2017 – A Christmas tree, a seasonal icon from Ontario’s north, illuminated the halls of Queen’s Park last Friday. The annual lighting of the Lieutenant Governor’s Christmas tree, a 14 foot Balsam fir provided by Forests Ontario and grown by our partners at Somerville Nurseries in Alliston, Ontario, was adorned with... Read More

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