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April 30, 2012 10:13 ET

Tree Canada Launches Goderich Tornado ReLeaf

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2012) - Tree Canada is asking Canadians to support the Goderich Tornado ReLeaf program to regreen the Town of Goderich after a devastating tornado in 2011. People are invited to contact Tree Canada to donate at www.treecanada.ca.

Goderich, a small Ontario town of about 8,000 people was hit with an F3 ("severe") tornado in August 2011. Many buildings in the downtown core as well as the historic Town Square with its border of century old maple trees were completely destroyed. One person was killed and many people were left in desperate need of rebuilding their homes and lives.

"We hope that our ReLeaf program will help the wonderful people of Goderich," said Michael Rosen Tree Canada President. "People need to have their lives restored and so we will be working with our donors and corporate partners to replace the trees lost through this terrible event," he said.

Home Hardware, one of Tree Canada's long time partners has committed $10,000 to replace the trees lost in the storm.

Goderich Tornado ReLeaf is the latest effort by Tree Canada to provide financial assistance and expertise to areas affected by natural disasters. These disasters have included: the Saguenay Flood (1996), the Eastern Canada Ice Storm (1998), Maritime Hurricane ReLeaf, BC Fire ReLeaf (2009) and Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf (2010-2011) providing municipalities, landowners and residents with the resources to replant trees destroyed by these disasters.

Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization that works with sponsors, donors and communities to plant and care for rural and urban trees, promotes urban forests in Canada and facilitates carbon offset projects with trees. To date, more than 77 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

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