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June 19, 2003
Councillor Joe Pantalone beams as the 200,000th addition to Toronto's Urban Forest goes into the ground
Councillor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19,Trinity-Spadina), Toronto's Tree Advocate,
was joined by Toronto Parks and Recreation Director John Macintyre and 16
helpful members of the senior preschool class at the Hester How Daycare Centre
today as he planted a hackberry tree. The hackberry tree was planted at Nathan
Phillips Square, City Hall, to celebrate the 200,000th addition to Toronto's
Urban Forest through the Toronto Tree Advocacy Planting Program (TAPP).

"We're planting a hackberry tree because it is native to the region and we
don't have any around City Hall or the immediate area," said Councillor
Pantalone. " The hackberry grows in the same shape as the majestic old American
or white elms which once graced Toronto streets. It is sometimes referred to as
the false elm because it is similar in shape, and it provides nicely filtered

Councillor Pantalone and John Macintyre dug with their silver ceremonial
shovels and the children had brightly coloured plastic shovels and were
determined to be at the centre of the action.

Before the tree planting, Councillor Pantalone invited John Macintyre to read
the story, Franklin Plants a Tree to the children. In the story, Franklin,
learns the importance of trees, a theme that mirrors the philosophy of Toronto
Parks and Recreation and the message at the very heart of the Toronto Tree
Advocacy Program.

After the tree-planting, a plaque was installed to commemorate the event and
permanently remind people to remain vigilant about preserving, restoring and
increasing Toronto's urban forest.

The Toronto Tree Advocacy Planting Program (TAPP) was initiated by Councillor
Pantalone four years ago. The Program encourages individuals, companies and
community organizations to give time or money to the tree planting program. To
make a donation to TAPP or to inquire about a sponsorship package, the public
is invited to call, 416-395-6196. To find out about plantings, the public is
invited to call
416-392-LEAF (5323).

The final planting event for this season will take place this Sunday, June 22,
from 10 a.m. -noon at the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat (HBBH) at Humber Bay
Park East which is at the foot of Parklawn Road, south of Lake Shore Boulevard

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