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Athens-area arboretum starts to grow

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 7 June 2021

[Brian Porter] and some kindred spirits were planting 48 trees Saturday and Sunday on the site just outside Athens in an effort both to demonstrate and combat the effects of climate change.

The Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust (TIWLT) is building an arboretum, or conservatory, of wide-ranging species that are not common in Eastern Ontario at the property it purchased in Glen Elbe.

Over the weekend, 25 groups of people participated in the tree planting, for a total of 75 to 80 individuals, said land trust president Don Ross.

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Diana B-K on the flawed thinking that got us to climate crisis

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 25 February 2020

It is bright and frozen beyond the walls of Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s cozy home this winter’s day in the farm country of southeastern Ontario. We are sipping tea and discussing best-laid plans gone up in flames.

In early November, a California radio station in Marin County invited the world-renowned botanist to participate in a podcast about her new book To Speak for the Trees.

The book, already in its fourth printing, has much to say about climate change and the healing role of forests.

But the climate crisis rudely intervened as wildfires once again scorched their way across the populous state.

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Kingston climate change symposium fosters local action

Kingston Whig / Elliot Ferguson / 16 January 2020

Trees, whether growing in forests and urban green spaces or harvested and used in construction, offer an effective tool in the fight against climate change, said one of province’s biggest forest proponents.

Speaking at the third Kingston Climate Symposium and the Grand Theatre on Thursday, Rob Keen, executive director of Forests Ontario, said the province, and Canada as a whole, has some of the best-managed forests in the world and those forests can play a big role in climate change.

“There is a lot of talk about reducing emissions to deal with climate change — and that is good, we all need to reduce — but trees and plants, through photosynthesis, are some of the few things that actually take CO2 out of the atmosphere,” Keen said.

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Cornwall council considers growing canopy

Cornwall Seaway News / Nick Seebruch / 25 November 2019

The City of Cornwall heard a presentation urging them to grow the tree canopy coverage in the municipality.

The presentation was made by Transition Cornwall+ in partnership with Tree Canada.

Presented by Susan Towndrow of Transition Cornwall+ and Michael Rosen of Tree Canada who urged Council to formulate a by-law for municipal trees and to take steps to increase tree canopy coverage to 30 per cent.

“There are times in the life of a community where crucial decisions must be made, and I believe that this is one of them,” Susan Towndrow said. “Protecting the tree canopy in Cornwall is one of the cheapest ways in fighting climate change and we can do that right here, right now.”

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Cities turn to urban forests to combat climate change

Globe and Mail / David Israelson / 28 October 2019

Urban parks and trees also provide cost-effective ways to control and moderate climate change, says Jake Tobin Garrett, policy and planning manager for Park People, a national not-for-profit group that supports the creation and maintenance of parks in Canadian cities and towns.

“Think of green spaces as natural air conditioners,” he says, “but a lot cheaper and longer-lasting than air-conditioning units – and trees don’t burn fuel and emit carbon fumes.”

A study released by Park People in September identifies three significant ways increased parkland addresses climate change.

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CCVS helps plant trees outside Cornwall Public Library

Cornwall Newswatch / 25 September 2019

On this National Tree Day, a group of students from Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS) planted trees outside the Cornwall Public Library.

The project is a partnership between the high school and the Tree Action Working Group of Transition Cornwall+ with supervision from the City of Cornwall’s parks department.

The 14 students from grades 7-12 are part of the school’s Tiny Forest initiative. They planted six trees – four sumac and two crab apples – along the east side of the building next to Sydney Street, north of Second Street East.

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