Environment | June 18, 2014
The City’s One Million Trees program has reached more than 100,000 trees planted, exceeding the program goals. Launched last spring, One Million Trees has helped to conserve and enhance the City’s open spaces and forested areas for future generations to enjoy.
“Trees are important to the environment, health and quality of life in our city,” said Gavin Longmuir, Manager, Forestry. “The tremendous success of our tree planting program shows that our residents and community partners are committed to preserving, protecting and improving our urban forest. This is especially important since Mississauga’s tree canopy has recently been hit hard by the ice storm and pests.”
Longmuir said each year, the Parks & Forestry Division plants new trees and shrubs on streets, in parks and natural areas to ensure a green future for Mississauga. “One Million Trees builds on that success,” he said.
The City is working with residents, schools and businesses across Mississauga to reach the program’s ultimate goal of planting one million trees in 20 years as set out in the City’s “Living Green” pillar of its Strategic Plan. Program partners helped to educate and engage the public as well. Partners Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto Region and Conservation Authority, Evergreen and Credit River Angler’s Association have helped the City reach 100,000 trees planted.
How to get involved:
• Join a City tree planting event – visit onemilliontrees.ca about registering for an upcoming community planting.
• Join an event run by a partner group – partner organizations will work with you to organize a tree planting event in your neighbourhood.
• Plant a tree or shrub on your property – visit your local garden centre to discuss native species or contact our partners to learn about available planting programs. Plant trees today and visit onemilliontrees.ca to enter your tree planting totals and have it count towards our One Million Trees Mississauga goal.
To learn more about tree planting on your property, planning an event in your neighbourhood or to sign up for an upcoming planting run through the City or our partner organizations, visit onemilliontrees.ca.