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Town of Truro

Town of Truro
Canadian Urban Forest Conference 2010

Canadian Urban Forest Conference 2010

May 28, 2009 15:02 ET

Town of Truro to Host 9th Canadian Urban Forest Conference

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - Mr. Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada, is pleased to announce that the Town of Truro will host the 9th Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC) on October 4 - 8, 2010. This was announced during a press conference in the Town of Truro Council Chambers.

"The evaluation committee was impressed with the enthusiasm, community spirit and the variety of progressive urban forest programs in Truro," Mr. Rosen said.

Since 1993, the CUFC has been hosted by Tree Canada and a joint municipality. The conference has brought urban foresters, professionals and community groups from across Canada together to discuss the health of our urban forests and how to protect them. Other cities who have hosted the conference include Winnipeg, Man.; Halifax, N.S.; Windsor, Ont.; Calgary, Alta.; York Region, Ont.; Kelowna, B.C.; Quebec City, Que.; and Strathcona County, Alta.

"We are pleased that Tree Canada has selected Truro, Nova Scotia to host the 2010 Canadian Urban Forestry Conference," said Mr. Bill Mills, Mayor of Truro. "Our town offers an extensive urban forest that includes old-growth hemlock and red spruce in the middle of our thriving downtown core. In addition, the 400 hectares of Victoria Park forest are managed in the Town's watershed."

This array of urban forest has helped shaped Truro's image as a green town. These trees provide an attractive setting for over 15 kilometres of hiking trails and helps ensure high quality water for our municipal water system and provide a variety of important ecological functions.

Numerous community organizations will support the Town as the conference host including the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Colchester Regional Development Agency (CoRDA), Central Nova Scotia Tourism Association, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the ISA Atlantic Chapters.

The theme of the 2010 Conference will focus on watershed protection and management and how urban forests are being managed in communities, big and small.

"With a 400 hectare forest in the middle of our communities with a population of 13,000, we want to showcase the importance of urban forests in our communities and the essential role they play ecologically and socially," said Councillor Brian Kinsman, Chair of the CUFC9 Organizing Committee.

Subjects explored at the CUFC9 could include proactive community watershed management, responding to natural disturbances, planning for future urban conditions, selecting appropriate shrubs and trees and considering climate change in our urban forests.

The natural autumn beauty of the Town of Truro and the Province of Nova Scotia will be profiled on field tours to Victoria Park and may also include a tour of Point Pleasant Park in the city of Halifax, a chair lift up Ski Wentworth to look at the fall colours, and a tour of Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. These tours will also help highlight the vast natural landscapes and diverse ecosystems the province has to offer.

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 forestry conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

Contact Information

  • Town of Truro
    Kelly Wynands
    Administration & Events Coordinator
    902-893-6090
    or
    Town of Truro
    Brian Kinsman
    Councillor and Chair of the CUFC9 Organizing Committee
    902-662-5069
    or
    Tree Canada
    Melissa Nisbett
    Communications and Marketing Officer
    613-567-5545, ext. 224
    mnisbett@treecanada.ca