Media Release

Tree Tour explores future of Maple Leaf Forever tree

Maple Leaf Forever


(October 22, 2013, Toronto, ON – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) On Saturday, October 26, 2013, tree lovers will join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and local experts on a tree tour focused on wood utilization and the magnificent maple tree which inspired the song “The Maple Leaf Forever.” Although this historic tree fell victim to an epic summer storm in July, it will be getting a second life. Tour leaders will discuss how they are working together to use the wood in a way that honours the tree’s cultural significance.

What: Wood Utilization: The Maple Leaf Forever Tree Tour, supported by the City of Toronto - Economic Development and Culture

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: Meet at Maple Cottage, 62 Laing St. (closest intersection: Queen St. E & Leslie St.), Toronto

Who:  Mark Phillips, Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation; Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32 Beaches – East York; Michael Finkelstein, Eco-Woodturner


“The news that ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ tree had fallen was extremely devastating for everyone who cares about our city's history and urban tree canopy,” says Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, in whose ward the Tree Tour will be held. “The cultural importance of this tree ensures that its wood will be re-purposed respectfully, however too many trees in our city are felled and discarded. Therefore, I am delighted to join with LEAF and the City of Toronto to honour the Maple Leaf Forever tree's legacy and to educate Torontonians about urban wood salvaging.”


The tour will also explore other trees in the neighbourhood as participants learn about the value of urban wood utilization and ways to salvage wood from their own trees to make beautiful furniture and family heirlooms. “Using urban wood salvage tree logs helps our local environment, contributes to urban economies, and produces less pollution and a lighter carbon footprint than imported materials,” says Michael Finkelstein, a woodworker who salvages wood from around the city to turn into bowls, pens and other items. “Highly figured wood bowls and other woodturnings bring their natural beauty into our homes.”


Photo opportunities / interviews available upon request. 




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