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October 25, 2013
City of Toronto explores the urban forest and the uses of its wood
Today, an exhibition at Toronto City Hall will demonstrate the uses of urban wood. Additionally, a wood utilization tour will take place tomorrow at the site of the Maple Leaf Forever tree, which was brought down in a storm this summer.

"Toronto companies that rely on wood as a raw material employ nearly 25,000 people," said Mayor Rob Ford. "Expanded use of our urban wood will keep local dollars in the community and create new job opportunities in Toronto."
These events highlight the importance of the opportunities to repurpose wood and its link to the Toronto economy. This week's events include:

October 25 - City Hall, Rotunda
The exhibition Woodshop showcases objects by Toronto designers utilizing Ash wood because Toronto, like many areas of North America, has been dealing with the massive destruction of the Emerald Ash Borer. This City exhibition was produced with Ontario Wood, Urban Tree Salvage and Ideacious.

October 26 – 62 Laing Street, 10 a.m. to noon
Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York) will help lead a wood utilization public tour and education session at the site of the famed Maple Leaf Forever tree. This tree was believed to be the inspiration for the song "Maple Leaf Forever" by Alexander Muir. His song, and the tree that inspired it, have become powerful symbols for Canadians and Torontonians. This tour is produced and organized by LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests).

In October 2013, City Council approved a number of City initiatives to preserve the legacy of the Maple Leaf Forever tree by crafting its salvaged wood into community art and cultural pieces and by distributing portions of its trunk and limbs to organizations across Canada.

Toronto's urban forest has more than 10 million trees that provide canopy cover for more than 25 per cent of the city, an area larger than 17,000 hectares. Toronto’s urban forest provides the equivalent of at least $28.2 million in ecological services each year. The benefits of the urban forest exceed the annual cost of management.

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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Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Co-ordinator
Strategic Communications



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