Tree Canada

Tree Canada

November 08, 2007 08:50 ET

Tree Canada Marks 15 Years With 75th Million Tree

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2007) - Tree Canada, Canada's largest tree planting charitable organization planted its 75th million tree in the ByWard Market, with its staff, Board of Directors and the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

"This day marks an important date for Canada", said Andre Juneau, Chair of Tree Canada. "Through the support of our many sponsors and donors, Tree Canada has succeeded in planting and maintaining 75 million trees throughout Canada", he said. "On behalf of the Board, our Staff and our Community Advisers, we wish to thank all Canadians - the countless volunteers, schools, corporate citizens and public programs who have contributed to our successes over the last 15 years."

Known for its efforts in planting trees to fight climate change, reforesting areas lost to catastrophes and raising the awareness of urban forests, Tree Canada is celebrating the occasion in style.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish to congratulate Tree Canada for their good work" said Minister Cannon. "Canadians want to see their government take a leadership role to fight greenhouse gases and air pollution, but they also want to do their part. By planting this 75 millionth tree, we are demonstrating what each and every Canadian can do to help protect and preserve our environment."

In addition to the planting of a Dutch Elm Disease resistant Prospector Elm, Tree Canada celebrated the occasion with the announcement of a new wine, Plant-a-Tree, a reception hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons in the afternoon as well as a full meeting of the Board of Directors at the historic Wakefield Mill Inn in Wakefield, Quebec.

Tree Canada is a charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments and is a 2007 winner of the Canadian Environmental Award. To date, Tree Canada has engaged more than 60 Canadian companies and government agencies to support the planting of more than 75 million trees, the greening of more than 450 schoolyards, seven national urban forestry conferences, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. More information about Tree Canada visit www.treecanada.ca

MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE:
http://www.ccnmatthews.com/em/2767
http://www.ccnmatthews.com/em/2768

Contact Information