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March 16, 2011
City celebrates Toronto's urban forest at Canada Blooms 2011
The City of Toronto invites residents to explore the beauty of the urban forest at the City's feature display called "Every Tree Counts! Toronto’s Urban Forest" at Canada Blooms at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place from March 16 to 20.

"The City of Toronto is proud to support and participate in Canada Blooms, which showcases the very best in gardening, helps beautify our city and promotes the creation of a sustainable natural environment," said Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt), Chair of the City's Parks and Environment Committee.

Visitors to Every Tree Counts! Toronto’s Urban Forest will learn more about the urban forest, including how to plant and care for trees, how to incorporate native species into their gardens, the ins and outs of watering, mulching, and more.

Visitors will also get a chance to see some of the insects that inhabit our trees but are often hidden from view. Beneficial insects such as damsel flies, dragonflies and various pollinators, as well as invasive species, such as the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetle, will be displayed on a large specimen wall entitled Friends and Foes of our Urban Forest.

The feature garden's photo art, demonstration plantings, on-site experts and videos are designed to help visitors understand the many environmental, health and economic benefits of our urban forest, and the steps they can take to help protect and expand it. Representatives of LEAF - Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests - will be on hand to let residents know how to obtain a subsidized tree for their back yard.

"Toronto's urban forest is a canopy of 10.2 million trees valued at $7 billion, and it contributes $32 million in ongoing carbon storage and $28 million annually in environmental benefits," said Jason Doyle, Acting Director of the City's Urban Forestry. "Privately owned trees make up 60 per cent of this valuable asset - which makes Toronto residents important stewards of our urban forest. We are pleased to join with the community at Canada Blooms in celebrating Toronto's urban forest."

More information about the Toronto's urban forest is available at

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