National Tree Day

What do you think the greatest feature of Canada’s landscape is? Some might argue it’s our sprawling rocky mountains or our abundant freshwater lakes, but one thing is for certain—it’s the trees from coast to coast that really root Canadians in national pride. And on September 26, CWF will be celebrating these “true-north-strong-and-free” trees for National Tree Day.

This year marks Canada’s second ever National Tree Day, celebrated on the Wednesday of National Forest Week (September 23 to 29). This special day is a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us—clean air, wildlife habitat, energy and a connection with nature. Not to mention how immensely important they are for the climate. On average, 98 trees capture and store one tonne of airborne carbon dioxide every year. And with over 80 per cent of Canadians living in urban areas, it’s so important to keep our city centres green. Did you know that each healthy tree can reduce airborne dust by as much as 7,000 particles per litre of air? A healthy tree is a free-standing air conditioner and purifier!

Commemorating this special day wouldn’t be possible without the help and encouragement of some key organizations and people. Tree Canada secured National Tree Day when it was passed as a private members motion to the House of Commons. MP Royal Galipeau, who has always had a soft spot for tree’s and the environment, brought this motion to the table and through his encouragement and effort National Tree Day was reviewed and passed in 2011.

We were honoured to recognize Galipeau as one of CWF’s 2012 Conservation Award recipients for his efforts in bringing national attention to this initiative. And on September 26 we will be commemorating Tree Day and celebrating our 50th anniversary at our head office in Ottawa @11:00am by planting an oak tree and saplings on the property out back. If you’re interested in participating in Tree Day, check out the events happening across Canada. And don’t be afraid to hug a tree this month — you certainly won’t be the only one!

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