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October 21, 2002
City's Urban Forestry Services receives Urban Stewardship Award
Urban Forestry Services - The City of Toronto's Urban Forestry
Services received an Urban Habitat Stewardship Award (UHSA) presented by
Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC), in a ceremony held on October 8, at the 5th
Canadian Urban Forest Conference. Richard Ubbens, City Forester and Beth
McEwen, Forestry Coordinator, accepted the award for the ecosystem-based
management plans of the High Park Woodland and Savannah Restoration Program

For the past decade, Urban Forestry has been managing and restoring the Black
Oak Savannah, one of the rarest ecosystems in the world, and the mixed hardwood
stands in High Park. By using prescribed burns and other silvicultural methods
in the area, with the cooperation and assistance of High Park Citizens Advisory
Committee, The Natural Environment sub-committee and concerned citizens, Urban
Forestry is protecting and restoring the Black Oak Savannah community.

"With this prestigious recognition of our commitment to stewardship, Urban
Forestry Services has proven its leadership and good example of outstanding
habitat restoration," said Claire Tucker-Reid, General Manager of Toronto Parks
and Recreation. "We are very proud of our Urban Forestry team for their hard
work and enthusiastic urban stewardship in the protection and revitalization of
this High Park Black Oak Savannah community."

UHSA recipients received a limited-edition print of the painting titled
"Planting a Future," by Toronto Artist, Peter Simon.

Media Contact
Richard Ubbens,
City Forester,



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