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New Partnership Encourages Continuity of Canada’s Rarest Species

The Niagara Parks Commission and Trees Ontario announce partnership during Arbor Week

TORONTO, ON – Today, Trees Ontario and The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) announced an exciting new partnership to increase forest cover in the Niagara River Corridor.

Trees Ontario is committed to re-greening Ontario through tree planting programs that help protect and improve the natural environment in both rural and urban areas. Through tree planting, Trees Ontario is able to enhance the health and integrity of the environment and provide sustainable management of Ontario’s forests. The organization aims to increase the percentage of forest cover across Ontario through the establishment of partnerships with like-minded organizations.

The Niagara Parks Commission works to preserve the historical, cultural and environmental significance of the Niagara River Corridor. By partnering, both organizations will employ the other’s expertise and resources to elevate their own knowledge and improve programs and services. NPC and Trees Ontario have a mutual commitment to educate communities, promote environmental awareness, and increase biodiversity. This agreement is an important step in formalizing a strategic alliance between the two organizations.

“This partnership is the perfect opportunity to highlight the need for increased forest cover on the landscape. By sharing information and expertise, we help ensure the survival of Niagara’s diverse species for the health and well-being of Niagara residents,” explains Rob Keen, CEO, Trees Ontario. “It is partnerships such as these that make the difference in ensuring a healthy forest and healthy population.”

This new joint venture will help identify opportunities to strengthen each organizations’ capabilities and advance common objectives. Both partners will combine expertise to aid with research and development with regard to tree planting, seed collection, ecological restoration, educational workshops and other projects that increase forest restoration efforts. The organizations’ first workshops are planned for summer, 2012. A Tree Seed Forecasting workshop is to be held on June 15th and a Certified Seed Collector workshop is schedule for August 29-30.

“The Niagara River corridor houses some of Canada’s rarest species of plants and animals, and we want to ensure their survival,” stated NPC Chair Janice Thomson. “Partnerships such as this encourage the sharing of information and expertise that will make this happen, and we are pleased to be able to work with Trees Ontario for the betterment of our environment here within our Niagara Parks system.”

Trees Ontario will be supporting NPC’s efforts in the development and maintenance of the Niagara Glen, its Nature Centre and the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Additionally, the Niagara River Corridor is another area of importance for both organizations. When planting these and nearby areas, the partners will promote the use of native species and the importance of species diversity.

The Niagara area is home to some of the rarest animal and plant species in Canada. By working with Trees Ontario, Niagara Parks will work on maintaining this natural environment not only for the longevity and health of the diverse plants and animals that inhabit the Parks, but also for the health and well-being of the many users who enjoy visiting on a daily basis.

About Niagara Parks

NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency. www.NiagaraParksNature.com