In 2017, Forests Ontario is marking Ontario150 and Canada's sesquicentennial by celebrating the rich legacy of our forests and by establishing future forests.
Our forests are an undeniable symbol of our province. They support healthy ecosystems and address the challenges of climate change. Forests Ontario is proud to announce the launch of two initiatives and we invite your staff and residents to get involved:
- The Heritage Tree Program recognizes important trees in our communities associated with significant figures and events from our history. Our goal in 2017 is to collect and share the stories of 150 unique trees and encourage greater appreciation of trees as cultural artifacts. Anyone can nominate trees for recognition as a heritage tree. Visit www.heritagetrees.ca or contact Toni Ellis, Heritage Tree Coordinator, at 1-877-646-1193 ext. 301.
Ontario's Green Leaf Challenge (GLC) — The Ontario government and Forests Ontario invite all Ontarians to plant 3 million trees in 2017. Your residents then add the trees they plant to our online counter, which will map and track trees planted across the province. The website also provides resources to connect residents with local tree planting events and tree planting resources. We encourage your staff to add trees to our counter, submit tree planting events and share information about your local tree planting programs. Visit www.greenleafchallenge.ca or contact Stephanie Prince, Communications Coordinator, at 1-877-646-1193 ext. 225.