By Peter Wynnyczuk, CUFN Ontario Representative

The Ontario Region of the Canadian Urban Forest has been busy trying to maintain and enhance the urban forest. Several organizations have been involved in trying to raise the profile of the urban forest, both cooperatively and independently by various communications means within the scope for the organizations to their existing and new audiences.

After an unprecedented winter ice storm that affected millions of residents and the continuing challenge in this region, is the Emerald Ash Borer, EAB. It is spreading quickly primarily due to the lack of coordination between the 4 levels of government in Ontario for this federally regulated and managed issue.

The engagement of the public and government officials is a challenging process in this age of changing priorities of the communities and government policies, but through the continued efforts of the Organizations in urban and rural forestry there is more positive attention being paid to the importance of trees in our communities.
As now there now appears a greater Federal interest being conveyed, this may have a positive effect on the efforts made so far by the lower tier Governments and NGO’s on raising the awareness of the benefits of the urban forest. This is through, activities such as publications, newspaper articles, tree walks, paddle events, presentations, media articles, tree planting events, and student engagement events.

We look forward to engaging and energizing the movement to raise the profile of Urban Forestry in Ontario and the myriad of benefits they provide in our communities for future generations.

Peter Wynnyczuk
Executive Director
Ontario Urban Forest Council

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