Forests Ontario: A new organization devoted to sustainable forests
Toronto, ON, March 19, 2014 – Trees Ontario and the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA), two not-for-profits, have officially merged to create Forests Ontario, an organization dedicated to the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests.
“Forests Ontario is the voice for Ontario’s forests,” said Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario (formerly Trees Ontario CEO). “This merge has created an organization with enhanced capacity and allowed us to expand our delivery of environmental education, events and programs. It also allows all Ontarians to invest in the future of our forests – through donations, sponsorships, volunteerism, tree planting, community awareness events and forest management.”
Previously, Trees Ontario committed itself to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on private rural lands and in urban areas, while the OFA supported the stewardship of forest ecosystems.
As a combined organization, Forests Ontario and its 85+ partners will continue to offer a broad suite of programs and services as well as create a stronger public presence advocating for abundant, healthy and sustainable forests.
Programs and events include:
- 50 Million Tree Program, a subsidy program designed to significantly reduce landowners’ costs of large-scale tree planting
- Program for Local Afforestation Network Training (PLANT), a mentorship-based program aimed at post-secondary students
- Envirothon, an interactive, curriculum-based environmental education program for grades 9-12
- Community Tree Planting Weekend, an annual family-friendly half-day planting event held in several communities across Ontario in need of re-greening
About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario was created in 2014 as a result of the merging of not-for-profit organizations Trees Ontario and the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA). Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests. Forests Ontario and its 85 provincial partners work to protect, renew and manage forest resources through programs, services and advocacy.
For more information, photos or to arrange an interview please contact:
Director of Communications & Development
p: 416-646-1193 ext. 232