Every individual who contributes to LEAF’s efforts is irreplaceable. We could not achieve our goals without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Each year, certain individuals exceed our expectations and go above and beyond in their commitment to the urban forest. They are leaders within their community and mentors to other volunteers. We would like to congratulate Rita and Tim – our Volunteers of the Year for 2013!
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This year marks 50 years of conservation, action and advocacy for the Ontario Urban Forest Council (OUFC). To celebrate, they organized a weekend of events dedicated to educating and inspiring those who care for the urban forest. The three-day festival included a gala, a tree tour of the Moore Ravine, and a full day seminar delivered by Dr. McKenzie-Mohr – an environmental psychologist and leader in promoting sustainable behaviour.
If you look closely, you can find nature in the unlikeliest of places. That slice of green poking through the crack of a sidewalk? It’s not just a weed; it’s a reminder that Mother Nature is always lurking, waiting for the opportunity to spring up in seemingly inhospitable locations.
On a sunny October Sunday, the Highland Creek Green Team, in partnership with TRCA, LEAF and the City of Toronto, held a community planting event in Cedarbrook Park. Volunteers, neighbours, students and families, all with ties to Centennial College, pitched in to plant trees and help clean litter from the park.
It was a race against the clock this past summer – spreading the word about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was crucial before the window for treatment closed for the year on August 31st. For ash already infested or at high risk of infestation, summer 2013 was potentially the last year in which treatment would be a viable option in Toronto, yet many homeowners remained unaware of the issue. With 860,000 ash trees in Toronto at risk of dying due to EAB infestation, immediate action was required.