Forests Ontario launches two initiatives for residents

Forests Ontario is a non-profit charity dedicated to making Ontario’s forests greener. They support forest restoration, stewardship, education and awareness and have launched two initiatives for residents to get involved with:

  • The Heritage Tree Program recognizes important trees in our communities associated with significant figures and events from our Their goal in 2017 is to collect and share the stories of 150 unique trees and encourage a greater appreciation of trees as cultural artifacts. Anyone can nominate trees for recognition as a heritage tree. Visit 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. Residents can add the trees they plant to the 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. Visit or contact Stephanie Prince, Communications Coordinator, at 1‑877-646-1193 ext. 225.

For more information about Forests Ontario, visit their website at

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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