The Foundation's Every Tree Counts campaign for 2017/2018 announces new grants available. The Foundation and the City of Toronto are engaging all Torontonians to help grow our tree canopy to 40%, a goal adopted by Toronto City Council from the City’s Strategic Forest Management Plan (the Plan).
Why 40%? That is the optimal tree cover to “maximize the potential ecological, social and economic benefits from urban trees”, according to the Plan. Toronto’s current tree cover, at about 27%, is among the best in the world. However, our canopy requires a concerted effort to maintain and grow. While the campaign raises awareness of the many ways to help grow Toronto’s tree canopy - the campaign puts a focus on private land, where potential for tree planting is the greatest.
Funding support from the City of Toronto allows the Foundation to make grants available to encourage private land tree planting, to facilitate community participation and to build capacity critical to achieving Toronto's tree canopy goals. Every Tree Counts is our tree planting campaign. New Tree For Me grants are now available under this campaign!
The Every Tree Counts campaign is highlighting all tree planting and tree care partners in Toronto and engaging private citizens and businesses to plant trees and track results toward Toronto’s shared goal. Every Tree Counts is both a private (individual and corporate) and public sector fundraising campaign.
“To meet the tree canopy target of 40% in the next 50 years, 300,000 trees must be planted in Toronto each year. The City’s estimates show only half this target is being met and that the greatest potential for planting is on private land, where currently only 25,000 trees are being planted annually,” according to the City’s Strategic Forest Management Plan.
Whether planting a tree at home, school or work, donating to the cause, or taking care of the trees we have, Every Tree Counts is a collective movement that asks individuals and organizations to green Toronto together.
More information at www.everytreecounts.ca
About Every Tree Counts and Tree For Me
‘Every Tree Counts’ is the capital fundraising, tree planting challenge, and public awareness campaign in support of the goal of 40% tree cover for Toronto. Toronto City Council adopted this goal in 2013 as part of the City of Toronto's Strategic Forest Management Plan. The 2017 Every Tree Counts campaign’s impact and reach will grow through Tree For Me and other key programs, with a focus on private land tree planting.
The Tree For Me grant program empowers community partners to host events that carefully match residents with free native trees from local seed stock, and educates them on tree planting and seasonal care. The program is geared toward Toronto homeowners or anyone who has permission to plant a tree on private land. The program aims to increase canopy in lower canopy neighbourhoods.
About Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
The Foundation has been helping Toronto transform its parks and green spaces since 2002. We work in partnership with the City of Toronto, community groups, neighbourhoods, individuals and the business community to reimagine local parks and improve the health of Toronto’s urban forest by supporting tree planting and stewardship efforts, with a focus on private land. We work in tandem with the City’s front yard tree program, and the numerous neighbourhood tree advocates across our city.
For more information, media, and donation inquiries, please contact:
Carla Grant, Executive Director, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
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