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Community Tree Planting with TRCA, LEAF and Volunteers Enhances Vaughan's Urban Forest

Oct 02, 2010


(October 2, 2010, 2010, Toronto, ON )  Today LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) and Toronto Region Conservation (TRCA), led a community native tree planting event in a meadow owned by the TRCA just south of Vaughan's Nevada Park. The planting is designed to improve the forest cover around Nevada Park and enhance its biodiversity. Attendees also explored a section of the Upper East Don River trail system, one of the newer trail systems in the East Don, linking the new residential developments in the Kirby Rd. and Dufferin St. area, to the ravine system. The meadow to the south of Nevada Park, where the planting took place, is part of the East Don River system and is owned by TRCA.


The event was attended by several graduates of LEAF's Tree Tender Volunteer Training Program, a 15 hour training program designed for individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. The Tree Tenders helped teach community members from Vaughan about proper planting and tree care techniques, as well as the importance of protecting the urban canopy. Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs because the soil temperatures are warm and the soil is moist creating ideal conditions for the establishment of some tree species.

In the summer of 2009, restoration began at the site with TRCA staff creating habitat for wildlife by placing logs and stumps on the site. These logs are now home to insects, salamanders, frogs, and small mammals, like voles and deer mice.  Last fall, tree planting began at the site to restore native vegetation. The planting will continue through this fall and into 2011 with the help of the community and TRCA staff.

"The stewardship group at TRCA engages the community in tree planting events, clean-ups and workshops to connect residents with their local parks and natural areas," said Joanne Jeffery, Manager Watershed Stewardship & Outreach Education, Toronto and Region Conservation.

"Tree stewardship activities like today's planting are a great way for individuals to get actively involved in enhancing the urban forest in their local communities," said Amanda Gomm, Manager Volunteers and Community Engagement, LEAF. As these trees mature, they will provide a host of benefits such as improving air quality, reducing storm water runoff and providing much-needed wildlife habitat."

In addition to running several on the ground programs that provide education and support for people who want to improve the urban forest in their neighbourhood, LEAF offers York Region residents both a Full Service and a Do-It-Yourself Backyard Tree Planting Program which provide native trees and shrubs to homeowners at a subsidized cost.

As part of the programs, certified arborists help residents make an educated decision about the type of tree that best suits their property, and where it should be planted. Contributions from supporting partners allow for the subsidized price.  Since 1996, LEAF has helped citizens plant over 15,000 native trees and shrubs in their neighbourhoods.

For more information about LEAF's programs call 416-413-9244 or visit

For more information about TRCA's Stewardship events visit




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Kyle Ferguson

Manager, Marketing and Communications, LEAF

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LEAF is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest.  For more information, or to get involved, visit


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Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation,

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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


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