This past Sunday morning I represented LEAF at the Official Opening of Baker's Woods. There to spread the word about our Back Yard Tree Planting Program in Vaughan, I was lucky to have the opportunity to get to check out this exciting and unique environmental and cultural site in the heart of the city.
Accolades for the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder pour in from around the world. Will Rogers, now the president of the Trust for Public Land in the USA wrote “Anyone who cares about the future should heed Richard Louv’s prophetic message… Last Child in the Woods should be on every conservationist’s – and every parent’s – bookshelf.” I agree.
Who doesn't love a good hemlock? The Canadian hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is a native conifer tree with a good pyramidal form that makes it ideal for use as a privacy screen.
It's the first day of fall and our first day of planting, so I wanted to take an opportunity to share some tips on caring for your trees. As the leaves turn to a beautiful display of colour overhead, let's all work together to keep our urban forest healthy.
Have you heard about the emerald ash borer (EAB)? This introduced pest from Asia that feeds on and kills ash trees was first detected in the City of Toronto in 2007 and in York Region in 2008, and now poses a serious threat to our urban forests.