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Recent Releases from Forests Ontario

On World Environment Day, Forests Ontario says 2020 tree-planting season was a success despite COVID-19

Published Thu, 4 Jun 2020 13:11:12 EST Read More

Media Release (Toronto, ON. June 4, 2020) - This World Environment Day (June 5th), Forests Ontario celebrates the first anniversary of receiving federal funding for their 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP). They report that their 2020 planting season ended just 10 per cent under target, despite COVID-19 related challenges. Rob Keen, Forests Ontario’s CEO and a Registered Professional Forester, observed that, "Only 10 per cent of the planned 2,466,000 trees will not be planted. Comin...... Click here to read this release



We Need to Plant More Trees for a Healthier Planet

Published Tue, 12 May 2020 08:32:37 EST Read More

We Need to Plant More Trees for a Healthier Planet By Rob Keen, RRF While many of us are at home and keeping proper social distance from our friends and neighbours, life goes on for nature. Trees continue to grow and make their environmental contributions, and we can help by planting more of them. During the 2020 federal election campaign, Prime Minist...... Click here to read this release



Landowners Lining up to Plant Trees in Rideau Valley This Spring

Published Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:07:52 EST Read More

Local Conservation Authority has commitments to plant more than 200,000 trees through Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program Ottawa, ON [February 25, 2020] - Local landowners are planting plenty of young trees in the Rideau Valley region this spring, thanks to Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP), says the local conservation authority. "Landowners are already planning for the 2021 planting season," said Scott Danford, Forestry Program Manager at the Ridea...... Click here to read this release



50 Million Tree Program Offers Tree Planting Assistance for Northumberland County Property Owners

Published Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:04:49 EST Read More

Landowners on track to plant more than 100,000 trees in the county this spring with Forests Ontario Brighton, ON [February 25, 2020] - A Northumberland County tree planter says he is encouraged by the enthusiasm of local landowners to plant trees this spring through the 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP). "It’s remarkable how much support there is for the program," said Art Marvin, who plants trees through his partnership, Northumberland Tree Planters. "There’s been a lot o...... Click here to read this release



50 Million Tree Program Offers Planting Help to Hastings County Property Owners

Published Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:01:06 EST Read More

Forests Ontario set to plant 70,000 trees locally in spring of 2020 Belleville, ON [February 25, 2020] - Concern about climate change is inspiring landowners to step-up their tree planting in 2020, according to Stephen Pitt, a forest consultant who has helped to get trees in the ground for 10 years with Forests Ontario. "People are very engaged in planting trees," said Pitt, whose company plants trees under Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP) in Hastings, Le...... Click here to read this release



Opportunity for Durham Region Landowners to Participate in 50 Million Tree Program This Spring

Published Tue, 25 Feb 2020 23:53:22 EST Read More

Forests Ontario has planted more than 650,000 trees with local landowners in Durham Region Oshawa, ON [Feb. 25, 2020] - Durham Region landowners are on track to increase forest-cover in 2020 through Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP). Since 2008, the 50 MTP has helped to plant more than 650,000 trees in the Durham Region, according to Forests Ontario. The 50 MTP is a tree planting program that increases forest cover on private and municipal lands. Interest ...... Click here to read this release



Tree Planting Help for Property Owners in Renfrew Watershed

Published Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:18:12 EST Read More

Landowners in Renfrew County plan to plant tens of thousands of trees this spring in partnership with Forests Ontario Renfrew, ON [Feb. 6, 2020] - An ambitious tree planting program that has helped put more than 1.2 million trees in the ground in Renfrew County is now easier for property owners to access. "The 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP) is better and more accessible than ever," said Rob Keen, Registered Professional Forester and CEO of Forests Ontario. "The new, expande...... Click here to read this release



Property Owners Planning Ambitious 2020 Tree Plantings in Cataraqui Watershed this Spring

Published Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:15:19 EST Read More

Landowners in the Cataraqui watershed have planted 1.8 million trees under the 50 Million Tree Program Kingston, ON [Feb. 6, 2020] - Landowners in the Cataraqui Watershed have big plans to plant trees this spring under Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP.) Forests Ontario has taken orders for 139,000 trees to go in the ground in 2020, according to numbers released this week by the tree planting and forest advocacy organization. The enthusiasm for tree plantin...... Click here to read this release



50 Million Tree Program Reduces Tree Planting Costs for Landowners in the Niagara Watershed

Published Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:11:27 EST Read More

Forests Ontario has planted almost 600,000 trees in the Niagara region St. Catharines, ON [Feb. 6, 2020] - Property owners in the Niagara watershed plan to plant more than 45,000 trees in 2020 under Forests Ontario 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP), according to new data. Forests Ontario recently modified the program’s criteria. In the past, landowners needed to commit to planting on 2.5 acres of land to participate in the 50 MTP, but now anyone with room to plant a minimum ...... Click here to read this release



50 Million Tree Program Reduces the Cost of Tree Planting for Landowners in Lower Thames Watershed

Published Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:00:45 EST Read More

Forests Ontario has planted more than 500,000 trees in the Lower Thames region Chatham, ON [Feb. 6, 2020] - The Lower Thames watershed will have its forest-cover increased by tens-of-thousands of trees under Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP) in 2020, according to new data. The 50 MTP is a tree planting program for landowners that increases forest cover on private and municipal lands. In 2019, the Government of Canada committed up to $15 million over four ye...... Click here to read this release



50 Million Tree Program Alive and Kicking

Published Tue, 3 Dec 2019 06:54:09 EST Read More

Forests Ontario Receives Support for Flagship Tree Planting Program Toronto, ON (December 3, 2019) - Forests Ontario announced new support for its 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP) today. The 50 MTP is a large-scale tree planting program for property owners with the goal of increasing forest cover in Ontario. “The 50 MTP is better and more accessible than ever,” said Rob Keen, CEO of non-profit charity, Forests Ontario. “The new, expanded criteria opens the prog...... Click here to read this release



Ontario’s Tree Planting Teens Participate in UN Climate Action Summit

Published Wed, 11 Sep 2019 05:25:10 EST Read More

15-year-old Grierson twins to present their Global Forest Project in New York New York, NY [September 10, 2019] - Long time Forests Ontario’s youth ambassadors, 15-year-old twins Lauren and Kaitlin Grierson, will be presenting at the Nature’s Climate Hub in New York on Sunday, September 22. Nature’s Climate Hub will coincide with the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit (September 23-29), and will host a series of talks discussing the best of nature-based solutions to ...... Click here to read this release



Connecting GTA Architects and Engineers with the Northern Forest

Published Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:34:37 EST Read More

Southern Ontario wood users tour forestry and mill operations in Timmins Timmins, ON [August 15, 2019] - Today, a group of southern Ontario architects, engineers, and union leaders participated in a tour of forestry and mill operations in Timmins, Ontario as part of the It Takes a Forest awareness initiative. Co-sponsored by Forests O...... Click here to read this release



Connecting Toronto Area Wood Builders with the Northern Forest

Published Mon, 12 Aug 2019 05:32:34 EST Read More

Building sector representatives tour forestry and sawmill operations in Timmins Timmins, ON (August 12, 2019) - On August 15th, a group of Southern Ontario based architects, engineers, and union leaders will join representatives from Forests Ontario, local forestry companies, and northern municipalities on a tour of forestry and mill operations in Timmins, Ontario. The tour enables individuals from across the wood-construction value chain - from forest management and ...... Click here to read this release



Forests Ontario Tree Planting Expertise Recognized with Multi-Year Federal Funding

Published Wed, 5 Jun 2019 10:43:40 EST Read More

Ottawa, ON (June 05, 2019) - Funding for the next stage of Forests Ontario’s tree planting program was announced today by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the office of Minister of Natural Resources, Amarjeet Sohi. This new funding fills the void created after the Ontario government cancelled funding for the 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP) that has operated since 2007. “Forests Ontario, and the citizens of Ontario, greatly appreciate ...... Click here to read this release



Forests Ontario holds 10th Community Tree Planting Event in Windsor

Published Thu, 9 May 2019 07:52:39 EST Read More

Enhance your urban greenspace by planting trees this spring WINDSOR, ON (May 9, 2019) - Join Forests Ontario for our tenth annual Community Tree Plant in Windsor! Planters of all experience levels are invited to join us in creating a greener and healthier future. Since 2008, Forests Ontario’s Community Tree Plant has brought communities together for a free day of tree planting and awareness building. These efforts have led to thousands of trees being planted across Ontar...... Click here to read this release



Plant with Forests Ontario at York Region’s Community Tree Planting Festival

Published Thu, 9 May 2019 07:48:40 EST Read More

Celebrate trees this spring by enhancing your local urban green space East Gwillimbury, ON (May 9, 2019) - Join Forests Ontario for a fun-filled day of tree planting at the York Region Community Tree Planting Festival! Planters of all experience levels are invited to help us in creating a greener and healthier future. Local VIPs have been invited to say a few words and Forests Ontario staff will be on-hand for interview. Since 2008, Forests Ontario’s Community Tree Plant ...... Click here to read this release



Forests Ontario Intends to Continue to Plant Trees and Speak for the Forest

Published Mon, 29 Apr 2019 06:32:52 EST Read More

(TORONTO, April 29, 2019) - Despite the recent Ontario government announcement to cut the 50 Million Tree program, Forests Ontario expects to find a way, with existing and new partners, to plant trees, educate Ontarians and speak for the forest and all forest users. Forests Ontario, Canada’s largest tree planting charity, remains optimistic that now that the provincial government better understands and appreciates the importance and popularity of the tree program, they will continue to fund...... Click here to read this release



As Ontario 50 Million Tree Program approaches the halfway mark, the economic benefits are reported

Published Wed, 20 Mar 2019 05:16:26 EST Read More

(March 20, 2019, Queen's Park) Today, Forests Ontario released The Economic Value of Tree Planting in Southern Ontario, a new report by Guelph-based consulting firm Green Analytics. Committed to re-greening Ontario through tree planting, education and awareness efforts, Forests Ontario is the not-for-profit charity that delivers the Government of Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP). At the Ontario Legislature, Rob Keen, Registered Professional Forester and Forests Ontario CEO ...... Click here to read this release



Forests Ontario to release economic value of tree planting report to Ontario Legislature

Published Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:33:33 EST Read More

What: Forests Ontario will release a report at Queen’s Park outlining the economic value tree planting brings to Southern Ontario. The report focuses on the positive impacts of tree planting, including employment, economic benefits, and quantifying all the additional services our forests provide. When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 9:00am Who: - Rob Keen, CEO, Forests Ontario - Peter Emon, County of Renfrew Councillor and Reeve of the Town of Renfrew ...... Click here to read this release



Will your Christmas Tree be real or fake tree this year?

Published Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:39:55 EST Read More

Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen has some tips to help you be smart about choosing the best real tree! Toronto, ON, November 27, 2018 - Buying a natural Christmas tree is a win-win - it brings the beauty and aroma of Ontario’s forests inside your home for the holidays. A real tree is eco-friendly and supports the provincial economy. Over 500 farmers produce upwards of one million Christmas trees each year in Ontario. These trees are not plastic, nor produced and transported fr...... Click here to read this release



National Christmas Tree Day is on December 1st - will you choose a real or fake tree this year?

Published Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:34:23 EST Read More

Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen has some tips to help you choose the perfect real tree! Toronto, ON, November 15, 2018 - Buying a natural Christmas tree is a win-win - it is an opportunity to bring the beauty and aroma of Ontario’s forests inside during the holiday, which is eco-friendly and supports not only Ontario tree farmers but the provincial economy. On top of being socially and environmentally responsible, buying a real tree is also fun! Rob Keen, ...... Click here to read this release



Forests Ontario celebrates National Forest Week

Published Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:55:40 EST Read More

Forests Ontario celebrates National Forest Week (Sept. 24-30) with Heritage Tree designation ceremonies in Clarksburg, Ottawa and Port Hope More than 65 Heritage Trees have been designated in communities all across Ontario. Celebrate those already recognized or check out the new Trees announced during National Forest Week! What: Forests Ontario’s Heritage Tree Program collects and shares the stories of Ontario’s diverse and unique trees and brings awareness to the ...... Click here to read this release