(February 5, 2010, Truro, N.S.) Registrations are now possible for the 9th Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC9) in Truro, Nova Scotia at www.cufc9.ca. The conference, organized by the Town of Truro and Tree Canada, takes place October 5-8, 2010. It will bring hundreds of arborists, foresters, city planners, environmentalists and engineers together to discuss and share knowledge under the theme of “Water, Trees and Communities.” Trees are being increasingly recognized as playing an important role in “green infrastructure” by regulating the hydrologic cycle and protecting municipal drinking water supplies.

Since 1993, the CUFC has been hosted by Tree Canada and a joint municipality including Winnipeg, Halifax, Windsor, Calgary, York Region, Kelowna, Quebec City and Strathcona County.

Register today at www.cufc9.ca to learn about the conference, event speakers and field trips, as well as discover facts about the Truro area and its urban forest. The Town of Truro and Tree Canada look forward to seeing you in October!

About Truro

Located 45 minutes north of Halifax’s international airport, Truro fits the description of a true “tree” town – it is one of the few Atlantic communities to employ full time staff dedicated to its urban forest; the 400 hectare Victoria Park is managed to protect Truro’s water supply; an extensive hemlock and red spruce forest is found downtown; and homeowners receive cash rebates for planting trees on their property.

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 76 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 8 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca .

For further information contact:

Brian Kinsman,
Councillor and Chair of the CUFC9 Organizing Committee, Town of Truro
(902) 662-5069

Melissa Nisbett
Communications and Marketing Officer
Tree Canada
(613) 567-5545, ext. 224