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April 28, 2012
Every tree counts - Trees Across Toronto
Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, was joined at Milliken Park by Joe Lombardi, President of Lomco Landscape Contractors, and Linda Seymour, Executive Vice President of HSBC Bank, and more than a thousand volunteers for the 13th annual tree planting event, Trees Across Toronto.

"It is even more important now that we plant trees, given the damage the Emerald Ash Borer is doing to Toronto's urban forest," said Councillor Kelly.

Toronto has approximately 860,000 ash trees and it is expected that the Emerald Ash Borer will kill most of them by 2017. Ash trees currently make up about 8.4 per cent of the city's tree population. The loss of ash trees over the next six years will be devastating, especially in areas that have large numbers of ash trees.

The Emerald Ash Borer infestation and other causes of ongoing tree mortality make planting more trees crucial.

Today, the volunteers at Milliken Park planted about 1,600 native trees and shrubs. At Windfields Park, the other Trees Across Toronto planting site, more than 450 volunteers planted 800 native trees and shrubs for a total of 2,400.

Anyone who missed today's planting event is invited to plant a tree on their own property. Over 60 per cent of the urban forest is on private property. It is crucial that residents plant trees on private property if Toronto is going to protect and nurture its urban forest. Every tree counts.

Toronto's urban forest contributes significantly to Toronto's livability. When you plant a tree, you are contributing to making Toronto a green and healthy city.

More information about tree planting and Trees Across Toronto is available at

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