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September 25, 2013
City of Toronto unveils Every Tree Counts on National Tree Day
  
Toronto's Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East) Chair of the City's Parks and Environment Committee, and Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park) joined Federal Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver, Dr. Sandy Smith from Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and City staff to unveil the Every Tree Counts installation in High Park on National Tree Day.

"The City of Toronto is working hard to increase the city's tree canopy," said Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. "National Tree Day, which falls within National Forest Week, is a great opportunity to inform residents of Toronto about our valuable resource: the urban forests. By supporting and protecting our urban trees, we create a better quality of life for all."

After the Every Tree Counts installation was unveiled in High Park, the event continued with an education component for children from nearby schools, a tree planting ceremony and arborist demonstrations. Other Every Tree Counts installations are located at Botany Hill Park (Ward 43), Lawrence Park (Ward 25) and Colonel Sam Smith Park (Ward 6). The installations are meant to bring attention to the value of urban trees and to encourage participation in the City's free tree planting program.

"Trees are very beneficial to all of our communities to help sustain their viability," said Councillor Ainslie. "National Forest Week is a great opportunity for Toronto residents to learn more about how our urban canopy improves our environment and what residents can do to help."

The City of Toronto's goal is to increase the city's tree canopy to 40 per cent. Trees absorb water, clean the air, provide shade, reduce erosion and flooding, reduce wind tunnels, decrease summer heat and increase property values. Toronto has 10.2 million private and public trees worth $7.1 billion. Toronto’s trees store 1.1 million metric tonnes of carbon, which is equal to the yearly carbon emissions from 733,000 automobiles.

"Every tree planted today counts in our efforts to increase the city's tree canopy and reduces the effects of climate change," said Councillor Sarah Doucette, Toronto's Tree Advocate. "The investment that we make today will have a positive impact tomorrow."

"The Every Tree Counts theme is close to our hearts," said Dr. Smith. "Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation was established to create additional funding sources to improve and sustain our valued and important public green spaces."

National Tree Day is recognized on Wednesday of National Forest Week in September each year and provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn about the importance of trees in urban environments and gain the tools to help grow and maintain these important ecological areas. National Tree Day received consent from the House of Commons on March 2, 2011 through a private member's motion in the House of Commons.

To learn more about Every Tree Counts, visit http://www.toronto.ca/trees or call 311. To learn more about Urban Forestry events and initiatives visit facebook.com/NaturalEnvironmentTO. To join in the Every Tree Counts conversation on Twitter, use #EveryTreeCounts and follow @TOtrees.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



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