On November 30, the Ontario Forestry Association wrapped up the UN’s International Year of Forests by having an evening film festival at the University of Toronto. In a large auditorium, I and about 160 other people watched 6 short films ranging from a documentary on towering Redwoods to the well-known NFB animation the Log Driver’s Waltz. The OFA touched upon many different connections people have with not only the forest, but nature as a whole, and educate other viewpoints at the same time.
As you know, 2011 has been the International Year of Forests according to the United Nations. So it seems fitting that we saw over one hundred people take our Tree Tenders Volunteer Training program this year. And to say "its been a busy year for them" would be an understatement...
Food is one of the cheapest and easiest ways of bringing marginalized community members together. Food, specifically nutritious food, is often unavailable to some in this City. The Food Access Native Tree Project was designed to promote the mass planting of 60 native fruit and nut trees (Serviceberry, Elderberry, and Hazelnut) on land surrounding subsidized housing and community housing projects in South Riverdale.
Wow, the 2011 stewardship season at LEAF has been a busy one – and an amazing one! From creating small pockets of biodiversity through our Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens to taking part in large naturalization plantings, we’ve certainly left our positive mark on Toronto’s tree canopy.
I remember a time when commuting home meant a noisy ride on a packed subway, only to be met by the cement world that is mid-town Toronto. I would look up into the sky to feel the warmth of the sun on my face - only to see clouds move pass a skyline littered with tall buildings.