Trees Ontario

Trees Ontario

February 10, 2011 10:01 ET

Calling All Barrie-Area Landowners: Plant Trees, Save Money and Reduce Your Taxes

Trees Ontario and Partners Invite Landowners to Attend Free Tree Planting Workshops This Winter to Learn How to Take Part in Subsidized Tree Planting Programs

BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2011) -

Attention Community Calendar, Event Listing, Farming/Agriculture and News Editors:

With Ontario in need of a billion more trees to achieve 30 per cent forest cover and a healthy ecosystem, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Trees Ontario, along with the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA) and its local planting partners, will host six free workshops to inform landowners on the resources and incentives available to plant trees on their properties.

The free workshops are open to everyone. Landowners can learn about tree planting techniques, ways to reduce their environmental footprint and incentives like those in the Ontario Government's 50 Million Tree Program. There will also be information about the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) that can reduce property taxes by up to 75 per cent.

Experts have determined that a billion more trees are needed in southern Ontario in order to achieve 30 per cent forest cover and a healthy ecosystem. In efforts to help reach this provincial target, Trees Ontario and its partners need more landowner participation in tree planting programs to continue increasing tree planting rates.

Since 2004, Trees Ontario and its 65 provincial partners have planted over 10 million trees across the province, with approximately 2,000 landowners. Trees Ontario's goal is to increase ongoing support to plant 10 million trees a year by 2015. To achieve this goal, Trees Ontario is urging all landowners to be part of the solution and to help re-green Ontario.

Landowners who participate in a Trees Ontario's tree planting subsidy program help contribute to efforts to clean our air, filter our water and offset carbon emissions and, in turn, help enhance the health of our children and elderly.

Help us save our environment. One tree at a time.

Workshops will be held in the following locations:

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Brockville Rowing Club
1 Ferry Street
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Caledon Community Complex & Arena
6215 Old Church Road
Thursday, February 24th, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Fenella Hall
8071 County Road 45
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
CAW Local 88
364 Victoria Street
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Coach House - Ruthven National Historic Site
243 Haldimand Hw. 54
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Royal Canadian Legion of Elmvale
7 John Street

Space is limited and pre-registration is appreciated.

Trees Ontario

Trees Ontario, working with its partners, is the largest, not-for-profit tree planting partnership in North America. It is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through a range of tree planting activities.

The goal of Trees Ontario is to restore the province's tree planting capacity, especially throughout southern Ontario on private lands, by providing funding and planning support for its tree planting partners. These include local Conservation Authorities, Ontario Stewardship Councils, municipal governments and community volunteer groups.

To participate, donate and to learn more visit the Trees Ontario website at

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