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Learn About the Benefits of Urban Trees at the Morningside Park Tree Tour

Jul 24, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

(TORONTO, July 24, 2012)

Learn more about the tree canopy along Highland Creek at the Morningside Park Tree Tour. Morningside Park includes encompasses two Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs) and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) where visitors can see sugar maple, American beech, white ash, and red oak trees, as well as the variety of wildlife supported by this extensive green space.

The walk will take participants through the forested ravine and discuss the important role of our urban tree canopy. Tour leaders will also showcase the recently developed Neighbourhood Greening Plan for the area and ways that residents can take action to green their neighbourhood and support a healthier watershed. Local youth will highlight greening projects underway at the East Scarborough Storefront, including a green roof, eco food hub and better connections to the ravine.

The walk is co-hosted by LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and TRCA, in partnership with the Curran Hall Community Association and the Community Design Initiative (CDI) project of the East Scarborough Storefront. Funding support is provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

WHEN:Tuesday, July 31, 2012 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at the East Scarborough Storefront, 4040 Lawrence Ave. East, Scarborough

TOUR LEADERS: Alexis Wood, TRCA and Jessica Piskorowski, LEAF

REGISTRATION: Call 416-413-9244 or visit www.yourleaf.org

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

LEAF

LEAF is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest. Since 2006, LEAF has hosted over 80 Tree Tours in diverse communities across Toronto and York Region challenging the way citizens view the urban forest and empowering them to take action. For more information, or to get involved, visit yourleaf.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Rowena Calpito, Toronto and Region Conservation Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5632 E-mail: rcalpito@trca.on.ca

Kyle Ferguson, LEAF Tel: 416-413-9244 x.16 E-mail: kyle@youreaf.org

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