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Maple Leaf Day

Maple Leaf Day

September 23, 2009 12:52 ET

Maple Leaf Day: Ensuring Forests Count!

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2009) - Today is Maple Leaf Day - what are you doing for Canada's forests?

Tree Canada created Maple Leaf Day in 2006 as a national day to recognize the beauty, benefits and importance of trees and urban and rural forests in Canada. Held during the Wednesday of National Forest Week, Maple Leaf Day is a way by which Canadians can get involved in community tree efforts such as the planting, maintenance or interpretation of trees.

In celebration of Maple Leaf Day, Tree Canada personnel and distinguished guests planted a Douglas Maple at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, B.C. Dignitaries included: John Ruttan, Nanaimo Mayor; Peter Marshall, Canadian Institute of Forestry President; Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader; and Dorothy Dobbie, Tree Canada Chair.

Tree Canada continues to work with great sponsors who support Maple Leaf Day to spread the word about the need to recognize and maintain our urban and rural forests. Tree Canada and Majesta brand of household paper products are launching its online application of Trees By the Shore, a community planting program that begins in Spring 2010 - interested communities can visit www.majesta.com.

Tree Canada and Majesta are also proud to announce the release of an on-line national education program Focus on Forests, a new bilingual, in-depth guide for teachers about teaching forestry and trees to students. Getting children involved in environmental issues ensures that we protect our forests for years to come. Visit www.focusonforests.ca for more information.

Tree Canada and Home Hardware are organizing tree planting events in 16 communities across Canada. They are:

- Alexandria, Ont.

- Brantford, Ont.

- Casselman, Ont.

- Coboconk, Ont.

- Ingersoll, Ont.

- Iroquois Falls, Ont.

- Wasaga Beach, Ont.

- St-Isidore, Ont.

- Charlottetown, P.E.I.

- Parrsboro, N.S.

- Bristol, N.B.

- Bathurst, N.B.

- Snow Lake, Man.

- Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask.

- Camrose, Alta.

- Okotoks, Alta.

"We are pleased that the momentum for Maple Leaf Day grows every year," said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. "It shows that Canadians care about maintaining our forests in the communities in which they live."

To learn more about Maple Leaf Day, visit www.mapleleafday.ca

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 76 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 8 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

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