The Ripe Idea- York Region Food Network

Fruit off backyard trees across York Region is going to waste, often because the trees produce so abundantly that the homeowners can’t use it all. The Ripe Idea hopes to change this by connecting volunteer pickers with trees that need picking, and distributing the fruit between homeowners, volunteers, and community programs. Register your fruit tree with York Region Food Network by emailing



Urban Forest Stewardship Network

Get inspired and connect with the people behind great projects working to enhance our leafy green infrastructure. Share your own success stories and help us build our library of resources and ideas. Founding members include: LEAF, NeighbourWoods on the Grand, Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee (OFGAC), Peterborough Green-Up, ReForest London, ReLeaf Hamilton.



Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition

Green Infrastructure Ontario (GIO) Coalition is an alliance of organizations that share a common vision for a healthy, green Ontario where the economic, social, environmental and health benefits of green infrastructure are fully realized. Founding partners include LEAF, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Toronto and Region Conservation, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, Ontario Parks Association, and Evergreen.



Community Knowledge Centre

The Toronto Community Foundation offers this Community Knowledge Centre as a virtual showcase of innovative and effective solutions to some of our city’s most pressing issues, as reflected in Toronto’s Vital Signs.



Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Up-to-date information on the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle - invasive, exotic pests recently found in Toronto and York Region.



Invasive Alien Species in Canada

Environment Canada's website dedicated to invasive alien species. Offers current and comprehensive information on invasive alien species, including Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle.



International Society of Arboriculture

The International Society of Arboriculture's educational website is dedicated to providing the public with quality tree care information. Click on the tree care information tab at the top of the page for a series of consumer information brochures relating to purchasing and planting a tree, proper tree care techniques and tree hazards and treatments. To find an ISA-certified arborist working in your area, visit



City of Toronto Urban Forestry

The City of Toronto's Urban Forestry website offers extensive information and resources pertaining to the City's tree protection bylaws, tree planting programs, ravine protection and naturalization and forest health (including a series of factsheets on pests and diseases affecting urban forest trees).


Other City of Toronto Resources

Want to get involved or volunteer? Visit this comprehensive list of Toronto green groups.



Toronto Shade Guidelines

Sunlight, particularly overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), is a major cause of skin cancer. Children are at higher risk. Shade from trees, other plants or constructed structures is very important in protection from the sun.  Find more comprehensive information on the site.



The Taylor Massey Project

The Taylor Massey Project is designed to engage local residents in the enjoyment, protection and restoration of Taylor Massey Creek and its watershed. This website provides general information on the project goals and objectives, current issues, future work plans and how to become a member.



Green Here

GreenHere and Trees Davenport are community-based projects that aim to build a citizen movement of tree planting, care and protection in the Davenport area neighbourhood.



Ontario Urban Forest Council

The Ontario Urban Forest Council offers resources and speakers on various urban forest topics.



North American Native Plant Society

The North American Native Plant Society works to conserve, cultivate and restore native plants and their habitats. Their website and magazine, the Blazing Star, provide invaluable information about native plants. Their plant sales, plant rescues, kits and trips help to educate and restore our wonderful botanical heritage.



Forest Invasives

Developed by the Invasive Species Centre, Forest Invasives Canada provides information and news on invasive insects, pathogens, and plants in Canada's forests. This site examines the science behind invasive species in Canada, connects visitors to the most recent management information, and addresses the overall threat of invasive species in our forests.



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