Toronto looks to expand tree planting on private properties

By Gilbert Ngabo
The Toronto Star
October 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Toronto is eyeing private propertyin its quest to increase the urban tree canopy. A report heading to the city’s parks and environment committee next week will detail a possible expansion of the partnership between the city and Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), offering more free trees on private property. Funding would be submitted to future budget planning as part of the city’s Tree Planting Strategy. …But it was only last year that council approved a partial grant of $50,000 for LEAF to help with private property plantings, tree maintenance and educational outreach programs. The grant was increased to $100,000 in 2017. “We’ve been running this program through small grants patched from here and there, so I’m really excited that there’s the will on council to support efforts on private property for tree canopy,” said LEAF’s executive director Janet McKay.

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