Award highlights the importance of Urban Forestry initiatives

OTTAWA, ON – APRIL 21, 2015 – For his significant accomplishments in the field of Urban Forestry, Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada, was honoured with the Jorgensen-Morsink Award during the Ontario Professional Foresters Association’s 58th Annual Conference in Toronto earlier this month.

The Jorgensen-Morsink award is named for Eric Jorgensen, a professor of Forestry who defined the term “urban forestry” and Willem Morsink, an advocate of Urban Forestry and the Ontario Urban Forestry Council.

The award recognizes the work that Tree Canada, a national, not-for-profit organization, and its president have done to support urban forestry across Canada. As an organization, Tree Canada is committed to working with its corporate, government, and individual partners on tree-planting programs that include urban centres. These programs include:

  • Greening Canada’s School Grounds which revitalizes school grounds by planting trees that provide shade and protection and add beauty to the playgrounds and fields where students play and learn.
  • TD Green Streets, a flagship program which provides funding for community-based environmental projects and supports the adoption of leading-edge practices in municipal forestry.
  • Operation Releaf, which helps communities recover from natural disasters and pests. Ranging from floods to emerald ash borer, Tree Canada provides support for the recovery process.

As President of Tree Canada, Rosen has had the opportunity to help develop these programs in partnership with the private and public sectors, communities and individual Canadians. The award helps to draw attention to the importance of urban forests.

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.

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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