Initiative will help restore flood and snow storm damage to province’s urban tree canopy

OTTAWA, ON – (MAY 9, 2015) – Tree Canada today announced its Alberta Urban Forest ReLeaf program will provide $83,000 in new funding to help replace trees damaged or destroyed in Calgary’s freak snow storm this past September, and by severe flooding in the province in both 2013 and 2014.

Announced at Calgary’s 6th annual Disaster Alley event and made possible by TELUS and the support of the Alberta government, the Alberta Urban Forest ReLeaf program is open to homeowners, private landowners, and municipalities in the province. Last September’s three-day snow storm damaged or destroyed roughly one million trees—or half of all trees in Calgary—and flooding in the province over the past two summers uprooted hundreds of mature trees, leaving many municipalities with a severely depleted tree canopy.

“Tree Canada is determined to help the city of Calgary and the entire province of Alberta grow better places to live by investing in the urban tree canopy and returning it to its former glory,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “From cooler cities to better air, improving the urban forest will help Albertans see the immediate impact on their communities.”

Who can apply?

  • Residents – Residents who had individual trees killed by the floods or snow storm can apply for a rebate of up to $500 off the estimated cost of an individual landscaped tree. The online application, and 1-2 photos of flood or snow damage can be sent to the Tree Canada Community Advisor for review and approval.
  • Landowners – Private landowners who have shelter belt trees or landscape trees around their yard killed by the floods or snow storm can apply for tree seedlings or potted trees up to a 5 gallon pot size, for a maximum amount of $5,000.
  • Municipalities – Municipalities who have had trees killed by the floods or snow storm can apply for trees for a maximum amount of $10,000.
    If you or your municipality is eligible, please visit https://treecanada.ca/en/programs/operation-releaf/, fill out an application form and submit it before July 31, 2015.

“We’re extremely proud to sponsor The Alberta Urban Forest ReLeaf program,” said Andrea Goertz, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer at TELUS. “This initiative will go a long way in helping all the people and Alberta communities impacted by last year’s snow storm, and the flooding in both 2013 and 2014.”

Tree Canada is also now accepting applications for Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf, a program first launched in 2010 by Tree Canada in partnership with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and TELUS. Aimed at replacing trees lost to the advance of this invasive insect which destroys native pine trees, the program provides funding to homeowners, private landowners and municipalities.

To see if you or your community is eligible for Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf, please click here. You must fill out an application form and submit before July 31, 2015.

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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. Since 1992, 80 million trees have been planted, over 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. The next Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Laval, QC in 2016. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Walker
Tree Canada
613 567 5545 ext. 224
rwalker@treecanada.ca

Samantha Tam
High Road
613 688 1192
Samantha.tam@highroad.com