(Ottawa, ON – March 7, 2012) – 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 11.

The bursary will cover the costs of hotel, travel and registration to attend the 10th Canadian Urban Forest Conference in London, ON October 2-4, 2012. The approximate value of the bursary is $2,000.

Further details are available at: www.treecanada.ca.

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 that works with sponsors, donors and communities to plant and care for rural and urban trees, promotes urban forests in Canada and facilitates carbon offset projects with trees. To date, more than 77 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

For more information contact:

Melissa Nisbett
Communications Officer
Tree Canada
(613) 567-5545 ext. 224