National Tree Day takes place on the Wednesday of National Forest Week in September. The next National Tree Day will be on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
National Tree Day will serve as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us - clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.
On March 2, 2011 a private members motion to declare the Wednesday of National Forest Week, National Tree Day, received consent from the House of Commons. The motion was presented by Royal Galipeau, M.P., at the urging of Tree Canada.
Trees provide many benefits, creating healthier, more sustainable, and more beautiful communities. Here are just a few of the benefits of trees:
Trees provide food for people and animals (fruit, berries, and nuts)
Trees capture carbon and become carbon ‘sinks’ which reduce the Greenhouse Effect
Trees’ root systems help prevent soil erosion, which prevents water pollution
Properties with trees are generally valued higher in the real estate market
Trees provide employment in the forestry field: foresters, arborists, lumber, research, tree workers, etc.
Trees provide shade in the summer, which saves on air conditioning costs; conifers insulate homes in the winter, reducing heating costs
Trees shade asphalt, making streets and parking lots cooler and extending the life of the asphalt
Trees planted in fields shield against wind and snow and help protect crops
Trees beautify the landscape and block out unattractive views
Trees provide shelter for wildlife
Trees provide health benefits, such as stress reduction, and speed the healing process