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How Canadian communities are managing the threat of EAB

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive species that originated in China, because it has no natural predators in North America, it has become a devastating problem for North American ash trees (Fraxinus). Cities in Eastern Canada have been severely affected...

Edible Trees, City Planning, and Feeding the Hungry

Edible trees and shrubs have aesthetic value, but they also provide people and animals with fruit, nuts, and berries. Many cities have community gardens and are incorporating edible trees into their urban planning. Edible trees and community gardens are a major source...

Tree Canada and CN invite Canadian communities to apply for $25,000 greening grants

Ottawa, March 23, 2018 — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Tree Canada are pleased to announce today the launch of CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up, an annual initiative that provides more than a half million dollars in funding for community...

National charity seeks support for “#OperationReLeaf” to help BC communities hit by 2017’s forest...

March 15, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) — Tree Canada, Canada’s leading national tree planting charity, today announced it is launching an ambitious greening initiative in British Columbia to help restore community greenspaces lost due to the devastating 2017 forest fires.  For British Columbia,...

EAB : New limits for the regulated zones of CFIA

As some of you may know, the federal government of Canada expanded the emerald ash borer‘s regulated area all the way to Québec City (and even more to the east) and included the City of Winnipeg. Those new limits indicate that the prairies...

Green Spaces Help with Teambuilding, Cultural Strengthening & Community Ties

Green spaces have many social values in our lives. They have been proven to reduce crime and road rage, stimulate learning, and improve test scores/productivity (The Social Benefits of Green Spaces. [Web]. Retrieved from https://projectevergreen.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/LifestyleBenefitsofGreenSpace.pdf). Cities and organizations are recognizing the social...

Green School Grounds are Beneficial for Childhood Development and Learning

Many school boards in Canada are recognizing that green school grounds are beneficial for childhood learning and development. Greener school grounds directly impact children’s health and well-being by increased physical activity (Dyment & Bell, 2007), improved mental health (Xiaoqi & Thomas, 2017),...

A Personal Tribute to Royal Galipeau, Founder of National Tree Day

I still remember the unique way my 10 year friendship with Royal Galipeau began. After his first election as a federal Conservative M.P. in 2006, Royal Galipeau began a nice tradition of planting a tree in his Orléans riding during National Forest...

Canadian Cities are Taking Action to Improve Health in Their Communities!

By Madeleine Langechenier Even though we might not see the immediate affect they have on us, urban forests and green spaces play an important role in our lives by having a positive impact on our mental and physical health (Akpinar, Barbosa-Leiker, &...

The 1998 Ice Storm – 20 years later

The 1998 ice storm was a defining moment in my life and the lives of many others in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. It challenged my sense of leadership like never before. It allowed me to marvel at the power of nature,...

Research in urban forestry: Identified needs in Canada

As part of my work with Tree Canada in directing the Canadian Urban Forest Strategy (CUFS), our current efforts under the Research Working Group (WG3) include developing partnerships with national organizations on a variety of projects to tackle urban forestry questions. Tree...

Atlantic Urban Forestry Collective: Highlighting urban forestry programs in Charlottetown, PEI

By Heather Fraser, Regional Representative Atlantic Region The City of Charlottetown, PEI, under Beth Hoar, Parkland Conservationist and ISA Certified Arborist, has had a busy few years after completing a street tree inventory in 2015 and using that inventory data as a...

Research in Urban Forestry: Collaborative Learning

Last May, I had the opportunity to visit Halifax, NS, for the Canadian Association of Geographers conference to present my doctoral work as well as discuss the Canadian Urban Forest Strategy and the activities of our a Research Working Group. Led by...