(Ottawa, ON – March 10, 2010) Tree Canada is urging Canadian university, college and CÉGEP students interested in urban forestry to apply to the Craig Huff Urban Forest Memorial Bursary. The deadline is May 16.

The bursary will cover the costs of hotel, travel and registration to attend the 9th Canadian Urban Forest Conference in Truro, N.S., October 5-8, 2010. The approximate value of the bursary is $2,000.

Craig Huff was the Forester for the City of Ottawa, who died prematurely in March, 2008. He was well known throughout Canada as an urban forest practitioner, a great supporter of the Canadian Urban Forest Conference and a longtime member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). His family asked for Tree Canada to establish a legacy project in his name.

“We are proud to pass along Craig Huff’s passion to the next generation of students, who will help keep Canada’s urban areas green,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “We hope this bursary will further encourage Canadian youth to continue their studies in urban forests because Canada needs it,” he said.

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 organized 8 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

For more information contact:

Melissa Nisbett Communications and Marketing Officer, Tree Canada

(613) 567-5545 ext. 224