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More trees planted in Bruce County this spring

Tuesday, May 22nd 2007 10:44:38am


News Release  

More trees planted in Bruce County this spring

Part of 2.6 million trees planted across Southern Ontario

(Toronto, May 22, 2007)  More than 21,000 trees are being planted in Bruce County this spring by the Grey Sauble and Saugeen Conservation Authorities with funding assistance from the Trees Ontario Foundation (TOF).

Tree planting agencies such as Conservation Authorities and Ontario Stewardship plant approximately 2 million trees across Southern Ontario each year.  Thanks to additional funding from the Ontario government and renewed planting partnerships, the Trees Ontario Foundation is helping these agencies increase that number by more than 600,000 trees this spring.

“By planting trees in environmentally important areas, we are demonstrating to Ontarians that we can each play a personal role in helping to protect our watersheds, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases,” said Michael Scott, President & CEO of the Trees Ontario Foundation.  “Trees release oxygen, remove carbon, help to prevent soil erosion, provide habitat for animals, filter the air and water, and cool the air – all things that can help reduce the impacts of climate change,” he added.

The planting of 21,000 trees is made possible by the Grey Sauble and Saugeen Conservation Authorities.  Skilled foresters from these agencies identify optimal planting sites, and work with landowners to ensure the appropriate selection of native seedlings for specific geographic areas.  Other partners that assist with tree planting efforts include Conservation Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Stewardship, the Ontario Forestry Association, the Forest Gene Conservation Association, the Ontario Tree Seed Plant and privately owned nurseries.

“It takes money, experience and knowledge to successfully plant trees and then ensure that they flourish,” observed Scott.  “The renewed commitment to tree planting by the Province is very important, as it allows our partners to demonstrate their real expertise in tree planting and habitat restoration. This mix of appropriate funding, coupled with expertise, is a great combination.”

Trees are vital for the quality of the air we breathe.  One healthy, mature tree provides enough oxygen for four people each day.  It takes about 80 mature trees to remove from the air the four tonnes of emissions per year that a mid-sized car produces.  

“The Trees Ontario Foundation is excited to be working with our partners.  Year after year, these are the people who make tree planting possible, particularly in the important watershed regions across Southern Ontario,” said Scott.

As it prepares for the 2008 planting season, the Trees Ontario Foundation is encouraging private landowners interested in having subsidized tree planting on their land to contact TOF or their local tree planting agency.  The landowners may also be eligible for the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program, which allows landowners owning more than four hectares of forested land to reduce their property tax if they prepare and follow a Managed Forest Plan for their property.  Last year, more than 1,200 people attended province-wide workshops organized by the Ontario Forestry Association and the Trees Ontario Foundation, to learn about the program.

The Trees Ontario Foundation is a non-profit corporation established to promote and support tree planting initiatives in Ontario through partnering with tree planting agencies (



Michael Scott, President & CEO, Trees Ontario Foundation, 416-506-1694, mscott(a)

Don Huff, ECO, 416-972-7401