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Recent Releases from Forests Ontario

Bridging the Gap Research Project Aims to Understand Labour Shortages in the Forestry Sector

Published Thu, 2 Feb 2023 10:53:39 EST Read More

Barrie, Ont. (February 2, 2023) – Industries across Canada are seeing a large portion of their workforce retire without the ability to replace them, and the forestry sector is no exception. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and F...... Click here to read this release

Rocket scientist Natalie Panek, climate scientists and forestry experts headline Forests Ontario’s 2023 Annual Conference

Published Mon, 16 Jan 2023 17:11:30 EST Read More

Barrie, Ont. (January 16, 2023) – Forests Ontario’s Annual Conference in Alliston, Ontario on ...... Click here to read this release

Forests Ontario’s Annual Conference Celebrates Forest Sector Champions

Published Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:51:24 EST Read More

Media Release Peterborough resident recognized with Forests Ontario Award Ontario [February 10, 2022] - Forests Ontario's 8th Annual Conference is bringing together more than 800 landowners, forestry professionals, Indigenous leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and students from across the country and around the world. Strength in Biodiversity is a multi-day virtual event running until February 11, and explores the ways biodiversity is fundamental to ensuring healthy ec...... Click here to read this release

Steve Hounsell Speaks to the Need for Biodiversity and Ecological Sustainability

Published Tue, 18 Jan 2022 09:36:15 EST Read More

[January 18, 2022] - Steve Hounsell, ardent advocate for biodiversity conservation and ecological sustainability, will deliver the keynote presentation at Forests Ontario's Annual Conference, Strength in Biodiversity, a virtual event to be held February 9-11, 2022. Hounsell will highlight the importance of biodiversity and how nature-based solutions are cri...... Click here to read this release

Plant Trees to Slow Climate Change - Never a Better Time Than Today

Published Tue, 31 Aug 2021 11:01:25 EST Read More

By Rob Keen, CEO of Forest Recovery Canada and Forests Ontario Vast, beautiful, healthy forests define Canada, making up 38 per cent of our land, but they are under attack. Wildfires engulf huge swaths of woodlands in British Columbia; smoke from similar infernos in north-west Ontario reaches as far as Toronto, Windsor and Ottawa. We know a main cause of this conflagration: climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - Sixth Assessment Report, released August 9...... Click here to read this release

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

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 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 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

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