Mak­ing On­tario greener

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION - Kathryn McGarry Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry

To cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of our prov­ince this year, On­tario is launch­ing the Green Leaf Chal­lenge and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple across On­tario to take part, help fight cli­mate change and green your com­mu­nity.

The gov­ern­ment is chal­leng­ing the peo­ple of On­tario to help reach its goal of three mil­lion trees planted this year by pur­chas­ing and plant­ing a tree at home, par­tic­i­pat­ing in a com­mu­nity tree plant­ing event or do­nat­ing to have a tree planted on your be­half.

You can find out how to get in­volved and track the progress to­ward the Green Leaf Chal­lenge goal on our web­site at green­leafchal­lenge.ca.

The web­site lets you reg­is­ter trees on an in­ter­ac­tive map of On­tario, con­nect with lo­cal tree plant­ing re­sources and sup­port, and find out how to take part in com­mu­nity events. The web­site also has a tree counter – which will grow as in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions map where they planted their trees.

On­tario’s Cli­mate Change Ac­tion Plan sup­ports tree-plant­ing pro­grams, in­clud­ing the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to plant 50 mil­lion trees across the prov­ince by 2025.

Since 2008, more than 4,000 landown­ers have planted 22.5 mil­lion trees, cre­at­ing 12,000 hectares of new for­est in com­mu­ni­ties across On­tario as part of the 50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram. While the 50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram helps landown­ers with at least one hectare of land to plant trees, the Green Leaf Chal­lenge is open to ev­ery­one.

Trees re­vi­tal­ize our lands, pro­vide us with shade and en­rich our air. Why not in­vite your fam­ily and friends to help you mark On­tario150 and make On­tario greener, start­ing with just one tree. Visit green­leafchal­lenge.ca to find out how.

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