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Trees Ontario Reaches Thousands at the 3rd Annual Green Living Show

April 27, 2009 – This past weekend, April 24-26, Trees Ontario attended the 3rd annual Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Following the opening ceremonies on Friday, April 24, Trees Ontario had both Premier McGuinty and the Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources, visit the booth to discuss the progress of Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Weekend.

Staff were on hand all weekend to engage show attendees and answer all of their tree related questions, as well as provide information about tree planting subsidy programs available.

This year, Toronto Hydro, Ontario Power Authority (OPA), Trees Ontario, the Ontario Forestry Association, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Green Living Enterprises developed the first-ever Tree Power exhibit, an urban forest experience. The 2000 square foot feature exhibit space was designed to bring together a unique forest experience in an urban show. This was an innovative effort to educate and bring awareness to forests and energy conservation. The exhibit featured FSC materials and drew public attention to the environmental benefits of trees and practicing energy efficient techniques in the home. Interesting facts were displayed throughout the booth on: native species found in Ontario, the lifecycle of a tree, the amount of carbon stored in the world’s forests and how you can save money when planting trees around your home.

Attendees were invited to walk through the Tree Power exhibit which included a simulated carbon molecule, a hollow tree and a house structure. They could also take in one of the many great presentations on the Tree Power stage or participate in the scavenger hunt. Attendees that successfully completed the scavenger hunt received a native white pine seedling from a Trees Ontario volunteer to take home and plant.

Over the course of the weekend, Trees Ontario handed out 3,000 seedlings as well as gave three presentations in the Tree Power exhibit, all of which were well received.

The Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources, visits with Trees Ontario staff.

A Trees Ontario volunteer hands out native white pine seedlings outside of the Tree Power exhibit.