Tree plan sal­vaged

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The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has sal­vaged the Forests On­tario 50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram that had been up­rooted by the On­tario gov­ern­ment, pledg­ing $15 mil­lion over four years for the ini­tia­tive that has op­er­ated since 2007. “Forests On­tario, and the cit­i­zens of On­tario, greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s recognitio­n of the im­por­tance of tree plant­ing and the en­vi­ron­men­tal and cli­mate change re­lated ben­e­fits that trees pro­vide,” said Rob Keen, CEO of Forests On­tario. “A suc­cess­ful pro­gram of this scale re­quires years of com­plex plan­ning and fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments. This fed­eral fund­ing en­sures that the 50 MTP is un­in­ter­rupted. We need to plant seeds now in or­der have seedlings in 2023.” As well, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s sup­port res­cues the 7.5 mil­lion tree seedlings (a three-year supply) that have been stranded in green­houses as a re­sult of the can­cel­la­tion of the 50 MTP and sub­se­quent loss of funds.

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