In preparation for the fall planting season, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Restoration and Resource Management team is gearing up to supply and plant almost 100,000 trees and shrubs across more than 90 restoration sites in TRCA’s jurisdiction.
The forest ecosystem is critical to the survival of native wildlife and plants. Communities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) greatly benefit from the ecosystem services provided by forests, including cleaner air, fresher water, and recreational opportunities.
Although forests are the most common terrestrial ecosystem found in Ontario, they are increasingly threatened by climate change, urbanization, and invasive species. Therefore, ecological restoration and environmental sustainability in our communities have never been more important — and particularly significant during National Forest Week.
Native trees provide numerous benefits, such as clean air, filtering water that flows into Lake Ontario and providing habitats for wildlife. They are also critical in mitigating and adapting to climate change by moderating temperatures, protecting against pollutants, and reducing stress and anxiety.
TRCA’s tree planting efforts involve collaboration with municipal and federal partners, non-governmental organizations, local community groups, schools, and volunteers to ensure the restoration and protection of our natural spaces.
Together, we are fighting climate change and providing reactional opportunities that positively impact the physical and mental well-being of our communities.
TRCA is committed to making our communities healthier and greener, and we recognize the key role that we play in helping the GTA mitigate and adapt to climate change. With our tree planting efforts, TRCA and our partners are making a signification contribution to creating a sustainable habitat for native wildlife and plants, enriching our landscape, and promoting healthy living and mental wellness.”
Anil Wijesooriya, Director, Restoration & Infrastructure, Restoration and Infrastructure