Tree Canada

Tree Canada

September 26, 2007 13:16 ET

Imagine Canada without trees

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2007) - Tree Canada, in cooperation with Home Hardware, Manitoba Lotteries, Shell Canada and municipalities across Canada, will be celebrating Maple Leaf Day this Wednesday, September 26 for the second year in a row. The celebration includes a host of activities ranging from tree dedications, massive plantings, to school yard greenings.

"In Canada we are defined by nature", said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. "Every tree and every leaf is doing its part to make Canada the place we all imagine it to be - healthy, green and rich in natural beauty. To make Tree Canada projects a reality we are truly honoured to have our partners by our side".

Home Hardware's events around the country include designing a Memory Park for community leaders who have passed away in Iroquois Falls, ON; replacing trees damaged during a snowstorm in Fort Erie, ON; involving Special Olympics in Neepawa, MAN; an awareness tree program in Newbury, ON; celebrating Hudson's Bay 100th Birthday in Hudson's Bay, SASK; replacing trees removed by urban development in Strathmore, AB and the list goes on. Twelve stores in total are participating this year.

For the third year in a row, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation (MLC) is planting 10,000 trees in an effort to offset the effects of greenhouse gas emissions associated with its facility operations.

Just announced, Shell Canada is initiating an extensive tree-planting program. Backed by a $235,000 contribution to Tree Canada, the program will see more than 120,000 trees planted across sites in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec that need reforestation. Shell Canada's tree planting will result in the sequestering of an estimated 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Maple Leaf Day - the official day to celebrate trees in Canada coincides with National Forest Week, now the last week of September. With 10 native species of maple, Canada is fortunate to have a maple tree growing in almost every part of the country - an enduring symbol seen on our flag, our penny and in many of our institutions and companies.

Besides its value as an important ornamental tree, the maple is without equal to Canada: our aboriginal peoples made maple syrup before the Europeans arrived; maple lumber is valued for everything from musical instruments to flooring and its foliage and colours adorn our art.

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