PORT HOPE, ON – Port Hope has been awarded $15,000 in matching funds through the 2015 TD Green Streets program to support a number of initiatives including tree planting across the urban area and in the gateways to our community, an updated tree inventory, and educational programs for schools and residents.
With more than 125 applications received, Port Hope is one of 22 communities selected to receive grants to support municipal forestry and greening projects. Sponsored by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada, the Green Streets grant will further Port Hope’s Community Forest project to renew and enhance the tree canopy along our streets and gateways.
Councillor Terry Hickey, Chair of Works & Engineering stated, “On behalf of Council and the community, I wish to extend our thanks to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada for their support. In addition to planting throughout the urban area, the funding will allow us to update our tree inventory, develop educational programs with practical training on tree planting and basic tree maintenance, emphasizing the value of trees in our community.”
Planting will begin in early summer and continue through fall in accordance with the Municipal Forest Master Plan developed by the Tree Advisory Committee and endorsed by Council in December 2013. The plan envisions that by 2020 the Municipality will have created a renewed and dynamic community forest that highlights a mixture of trees honouring our historical past giving prominence to entrance ways, heritage sites, the Ganaraska River and our waterfront.
"Supporting urban forestry has never been more important and with the number of outstanding applications received this year, it's clear that Canadian municipalities continue to share our passion and commitment for creating greener communities for all to enjoy," said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. "We applaud our grant recipients for their innovative ideas to green their communities and together with Tree Canada, we are proud to help bring these projects to life."
"Planting trees and growing the tree canopy in urban centers can have a tremendous impact on the health of people and the communities they live in," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. "Programs such as TD Green Streets will help communities from coast to coast reap these benefits for many years to come."
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. TD Friends of the Environment Foundation provides funding to help sustain an incredible array of grassroots environmental programs across the country.
For more information on the Municipal Forest Master Plan visit www.porthope.ca or contact Beata Odziemkowska at 905.885.2209 x 4214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Environmental Compliance Technician
905.885.2209 x 4214
905.885.4544 ext. 2233