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Three Environmental Books to Get You Through Winter

Brian Millward reading a book
One of my favourite things to do during the winter is to curl up under a cozy blanket and get lost in a good book! Last year, I challenged myself to fill my personal library with more non-fiction, and read more environmental books. With everyone spending more time at home than usual, I thought I would share with you some recent nature-reads that I absolutely loved!

Stewardship, Education and Volunteering in an Uncertain Year

six people celebrating surrounded by young recently planted trees
Throughout 2020, our Community Programs team was tasked with adapting many of our programs and events to follow ever-evolving public health guidelines. Despite the many changes, we were able to continue to engage volunteers and community members with fun and informative programs aimed at protecting and enhancing the urban forest. Here are some of the year’s accomplishments.

Tree Planting Has Lasting Effect on Biodiversity and Communities

Woman planting a tree on ground
This fall, with support from Ontario Power Generation’s Regional Biodiversity Program, we launched a new project to increase biodiversity on public lands in York and Durham Regions by the year 2022. We’re happy to announce a great start to this project! This fall alone, we planted 1,617 native trees and shrubs in and hosted a virtual tree tour, attended by 90 people.

Monitoring for Success: Improving Biodiversity through Naturalization Plantings

Planting native trees and shrubs on public lands has many long-term benefits, including increasing essential habitat for local wildlife. To ensure our efforts are successful, we’ll be monitoring the impact of our tree planting events on plant biodiversity over time. Thanks to support from Ontario Power Generation’s Regional Biodiversity Program, we can assess each site as it establishes itself and adaptively improve our future naturalization efforts when needed.

What Is the Most Valuable Part of Being a Garden Steward?

What is the most valuable part of being a volunteer Garden Steward? We posed this question to the dedicated volunteers that care for our Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens located outside of five TTC subway stations. For 10 years these green spaces have added a little bit of nature to the lives of local residents and commuters. None of this would have been possible without this passionate community of volunteers steadily working behind the scenes!