OTTAWA, ON – August 22, 2014 – Tree Canada President Michael Rosen announced today that the not-for-profit organization will be donating 30 liters of TreeAzin – a biological insecticide used to combat Emerald Ash borer infestations – to the National Capital Commission (NCC). The treatment will be used mostly in Leamy Lake Park and other NCC urban parks on both sides of the river.

TreeAzin is made from the Neem tree found in India. Registered by BioForest Technologies Inc. (a Canadian company), TreeAzin will be injected into the Ash trees in these target areas in order to protect them from the ruthless Emerald Ash Borer. Across Canadian cities and provinces, Ash trees are quickly being depleted due to this invasive insect, which bores into wood and feeds under the bark.

“Emerald Ash Borer is a very real and serious threat to our trees,” said Tree Canada President Michael Rosen. “Ash trees are the dominant species of trees in Lake Leamy Park. Without proper measures, the Borer could destroy the heart of this magical place – its trees. Tree Canada is pleased to be able to offer TreeAzin to the National Capital Commission to help protect its beautiful green spaces, which I myself am fortunate to enjoy regularly.”

“The NCC is grateful for Tree Canada’s continued support and current donation, which will allow us to preserve many more Ash trees in the Capital Region,” said Mario Fournier, Manager, Lifecycle and Rehabilitation Program, NCC. “We take a great deal of pride in our stewardship role of federal lands and continue to implement our Emerald Ash Borer Management Strategy to limit this infestation.”

About National Capital Commission (NCC)

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is a Crown corporation of the Government of Canada. The NCC’s mandate is to ensure that Canada’s Capital Region is a source of national pride and significance.

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, nearly 80 million trees have been planted, over 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize ten national urban forest conferences. This year’s Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Victoria, BC from September 30-October 2, 2014. 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