June 4, 2007

Ottawa joins UN Billion Tree campaign with new TREE program

OTTAWA, ONT-With the planting of a commemorative tree at city hall, Ottawa has launched its new Tree, Reforestation and Environmental Enhancement (TREE) program and is challenging other Canadian municipalities to follow the national capital's lead as part of the United Nations Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign. The UN campaign is a global call to plant one billion trees in 2007. In response, Ottawa city council has committed to planting 100,000 trees throughout the city over the next four years. The program will plant trees in parks and along streets and will provide tree planting grants to community groups for local planting projects. Through its outreach component, the program will assist rural landowners with the protection and management of their woodlots. In addition, the TREE program will provide trees for Ottawa residents to plant on their own property. Tree distributions to residents will take place each spring and fall over the next four years, beginning this fall. Ottawa residents interested in receive a tree may register (or obtain more information) on-line at www.ottawa.ca/TREE.

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