Peterborough, Ontario, May 28th, 2015 — Tree Canada, the nation’s leader in tree related programs and resources, launched a much-needed pilot project with the city of Peterborough today. The goal of this project is to assist in the treatment of private homeowner’s ash trees in conjunction with the city of Peterborough’s treatment plan for their public trees. The pilot project that is announced today was at a cost of $50,000.00 with the funding generously provided by Tree Canada’s sponsors U-Haul and TELUS.

These funds will significantly reduce the cost to treat ash trees by as much as 50% using the registered biological insecticide TreeAzin. Homeowners who have ash trees and who have met the criteria need simply apply for the funds by going onto our website www.treecanada.ca.

“Emerald ash borer has devastated thousands of trees in many cities in eastern Ontario and western Quebec,” declared Michael Rosen – President of Tree Canada, “The city of Peterborough has recognized this and has demonstrated great leadership by treating their public trees in advance of the borer gaining a strong foothold. By also treating the city’s private trees with Tree Canada, a greater percentage of the urban canopy will be saved.”

“Urban forests are vital to the quality of life and to the health of our environment. Trees help define the character of neighbourhoods and parks. Thanks to this initiative, more trees in our community will be saved from the spread of this invasive species,” Mayor Daryl Bennett said.

Individuals wishing to apply or wanting more information can go to: www.peterborough.ca/trees or via www.treecanada.ca

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. 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, over 80 million trees have been planted, over 554 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

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For further information, please contact:

Sharron Hayton
Customer service coordinator
City of Peterborough
Tel: 705-742-7777 ext. 1868
shayton@peterborough.ca

Richard Walker
Director of Communications & Event Planning
Tree Canada
Tel: 613-567-5545 ext. 224
rwalker@treecanada.ca