Ontario tree program reaches new heights

Press Release

Ten years ago, Forests Ontario and the Ontario government committed to plant 50 million trees across the province by 2025.
The 50-Million Tree Program (50MTP), part of a greater, “greener” vision, was launched under the United Nations Environment Programme’s Billion-Tree Campaign, initiated as a response to the growing impacts of climate change.
The 50MTP provides private landowners, municipalities, regions, and townships with the opportunity to increase forest cover in Ontario by planting trees.
Some 24 million trees covering 13,000 hectares later, the 50MTP has increased forest connectivity–restoring Ontario’s forests and making great strides towards a healthier province.
A great deal has been accomplished in this decade. Since 2008, more than 80 different native tree species have been planted under the program.
A quarter of those planted were Eastern white pine, Ontario’s provincial tree.
Thirty landowners-“Green Leaders”-have been recognized for their commitment to tree planting and their passion for the environment.
Many of these landowners started with a simple vision of a greener landscape.
The trees planted have led to increased wildlife habitat, additional tax breaks through the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP), and, in one case, a second career in forestry.
Landowners are provided funding assistance to plant trees on their acreage.
They also are connected to forestry professionals who manage the planting process–from the initial site plan to follow-up assessments which take place one, two, and five years after the planting has been completed.
“The 50-Million Tree Program provides financial support, and a mechanism to assist those who believe in the value of planting trees and who recognize the multiple benefits that forests provide to a healthy environment and society,” says forestry professional and Forests Ontario Field Advisor Tim Gray.
“These benefits extend far beyond our lifetime and remain as a legacy for future generations,” he noted.
In the last 10 years, the 50-Million Tree Program has helped more than 4,000 landowners realize a new vision for their land.
Landowners with idle land are invited to plant trees today to support the environment and the community–and leave a legacy.
To find out more about the 50-Million Tree Program and to submit an application, visit forestsontario.ca/50MTP
For additional questions, contact the Forestry Outreach co-ordinator, Suzanne Perry, at 1-877-646-1193 ext. 239 or via e-mail at sperry@forestsontario.ca
Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree-planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests through restoration, education, and awareness.
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