OTTAWA, ON – August 1, 2013 – Tree Canada President Michael Rosen announced today that the not-for-profit organization will be donating 10 liters of TreeAzin – a biological insecticide used to combat Emerald Ash borer infestations – to the National Capital Commission to be used in Parc du Lac-Leamy.

TreeAzin, which is made from the Neem tree from India and registered by BioForest Technologies Inc (a Canadian Company), will be injected into Ash trees in the area in order to protect them from the ruthless Emerald Ash Borer. Across the city and province for that matter, Ash trees are quickly being depleted due to the invasive insect, which bores into wood and feeds under the bark.

“Emerald Ash Borer is a very real and serious threat to our trees,” says Tree Canada President Michael Rosen, “Seventy percent of the trees in this park are Ash, which means that without proper measures, the Borer could destroy what’s at the heart of this magical place – its trees. This is why Tree Canada is so pleased to be able to offer TreeAzin to the National Capital Commission to help protect this beautiful green oasis, which I myself am fortunate to enjoy regularly.”

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 and maintenance of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, close to 80 million trees have been planted, more than 500 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 10 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

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For more information contact:

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