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April 25, 2005
Mayor Miller proclaims Saturday, April 30 Trees Across Toronto day
Mayor David Miller will proclaim Saturday, April 30, Trees Across Toronto day,
and he invites all Torontonians to do their part to help replenish our urban

"Trees cover about 18 per cent of our city," said Mayor Miller. "We would like
to double that canopy. Not only do our urban forests help clean the air and
reduce storm water run-off, they also increase the property values and make the
city more desirable to tourists and investors."

On April 30, Mayor Miller will join Deputy Mayor and Tree Advocate Joe
Pantalone, and Brenda Librecz, the City’s General Manager of Parks, Forestry
and Recreation, to plant trees at the Sun Valley site in the Lower Don Valley.
Sun Valley is one of five designated Trees Across Toronto planting sites.

The other planting sites are:
Birkdale Ravine (Ellesmere Road & Brimley Road)
Earl Bales Park (Bathurst Street & Sheppard Avenue West)
Humberwood Parkland (near Finch Avenue & Highway 427)
Rouge Park (near Meadowvale Avenue & Plug Hat Road).

Planting at all five sites will take place from 10 a.m. until noon.

People who cannot participate in a planting event are invited to plant a tree
on their own property. Loblaws is selling native trees and shrubs that have
been recommended by the City Forester and will donate $5 from the sale of every
specially labeled tree to the Tree Advocacy Planting Program, which makes
events like Trees Across Toronto possible.

For more information about Trees Across Toronto and site locations call
416-392-LEAF or visit



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