Tree plan salvaged
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.