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Ontario’s Big Dig Continues in Sudbury

SUDBURY, June 6, 2015 – Today, Forests Ontario continued to bring communities together to re-green landscapes across Ontario. Volunteers joined us in Sudbury to plant trees at Lake Laurentian Conservation Area for a community tree planting supported by Ontario Wood, CAA North & East, Conservation Sudbury, and the Friends of Lake Laurentian.

This planting was part of an extended Community Planting Weekend for Forests Ontario, following a series of ten plantings on May 2nd that brought together more than 1,000 volunteers to plant more than 6,500 trees in ten communities.

The Community Planting Weekend is an opportunity for volunteers of all backgrounds to join together in an effort to beautify public spaces. Urban green spaces provide members of the surrounding community with essential benefits including shade and protection from harmful pollutants and to providing spaces for recreation.

“We can never underestimate the value of green urban spaces,” said Rob Keen, Forests Ontario CEO. “Especially when we plant in a public space like this, we’re creating a beautiful and inviting space for community members to get outside, which we know brings about so many benefits to our health and well being. With this plant today and all the community plants Forests Ontario has hosted, we’re not only fostering a healthy ecosystem but also building healthy communities.”

2015 marked our biggest Community Planting Weekend to date. Forests Ontario would like to once again thank the volunteers who joined us as well as the partners and supporters who made these plantings possible.

A special thank you also goes out to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and our planting event partners: CAA South Central Ontario, CAA North & East Ontario, Enbridge Gas Distribution, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Ontario Wood, County of Simcoe, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, Upper Thames Region Conservation Authority, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, City of Windsor, Essex Region Conservation Authority, Grand River Conservation Authority, Regional Municipality of York, City of Oshawa, Regional Municipality of Durham, Trees for Life, Niagara Parks Commission, Community Foundation of Ottawa, and Conservation Sudbury.

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About Forests Ontario

Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, 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 through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.

For more information, photos or to arrange an interview please contact:

Shelley McKay

Director of Communications & Development

Forests Ontario

416.646.1193 ext. 232

smckay@forestsontario.ca

Alison Rutka

Communications Manager

Forests Ontario

416.646.1193 ext. 257

Cell: 416.455.1565

arutka@forestsontario.ca