(Ottawa, ON – October 6, 2010) – Tree Canada is proud to announce that it has selected London, Ont. as the host city for the 10th Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC) in 2012.

The announcement was made during the 9th Canadian Urban Forest Conference in Truro, N.S.

“To us, London, Ontario represents the type of municipality that embodies the values of the conference – a vibrant community that believes in the role urban forests play in bettering the future of its residents,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “

Tree Canada was impressed by the motivation, enthusiasm and passion London displayed in their application. The municipality has a long history of innovative forestry practices including:

  • A total of 4.4 million trees, or 12 trees per capita – a great municipal achievement (and double the national average!)
  • Being one of the first cities in Canada to implement a comprehensive computer-based tree inventory program
  • Receiving the International Society of Arboriculture (Ontario Chapter) award for excellence in arboricultural practices (2005)
  • Receiving the Provincial Communities-in-Bloom award in 2005 for Tree and Urban Forest Management, and
  • Demonstrating its strong community involvement and support for community tree projects including the not-for- profit ReForest London and its annual Amazing Tree Quest social media campaign

“As Londoners, we are excited to welcome the Canadian Urban Forest Conference to our community in 2012,” says Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best. “With London’s ongoing efforts to sustain its healthy trees and green spaces, The Forest City provides an ideal venue to promote environmental stewardship.”

2012 marks a special year for Tree Canada. The 10th conference reflects the amount of support we have in Canada to ensure we have health, diverse urban forests. It’s also the organization’s 20th anniversary – time to celebrate our achievements in making Canada a “tree nation.”

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 helped organize 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca .

About the City of London

As Canada’s 10th largest centre, London is a city on the move. It serves as the regional hub for health care, education, research and technology. Often referred to as The Forest City, London is also a beautiful community with a multitude of trees, many parks and pathways, and the river Thames running through it. Londoners value a rich tapestry of arts, culture and heritage, with live performances at the Grand Theatre, symphonic experiences at Orchestra London and visits to Museum London and historic Eldon House. The Forest City also comes alive throughout the year with various festivals and musical events. For more information about the City of London, visit www.london.ca.

For further information contact:

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