Sunday Markham Tree Tour kicks off urban forest events in York Region this fall

Markham fall tree tour

 

(September 28, 2011) The United Nations has declared 2011 the Year of the Forests and LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) will help celebrate by leading a tree tour on Sunday, October 2, at 2:00 p.m. Beginning at the Varley Art Gallery, 216 Main St., Unionville, LEAF arborist Erin Silverstein will explore the parks and residential streets in this beautiful downtown area.

Participants will learn useful tree identification and tree care tips, interesting tree biology and about the threats and stresses urban trees face. In addition several ash trees infected by the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect which will devastate our ash trees in the next 10 to 15 years, will be examined.

LEAF also offers York Region residents a subsidized backyard tree planting program designed to put the right tree in the right place in order to maximize the chance the tree will thrive and reach maturity. Cost per tree runs from about $150 to $200, depending upon the species. That price includes a thirty minute consultation with an arborist who will assess such things as light, soil conditions and the size of the yard and recommend species of trees that would thrive in these particular conditions. Consultations can be booked now for fall.

For individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills, a multi-day Tree Tender Volunteer Training program is being offered at the Rouge River Community Centre, 120 Rouge Bank Drive, Markham. Classes begin Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. and provide basic arboriculture training through a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction.

LEAF is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest. Since 1996, LEAF has helped residents plant more than 17,000 trees and shrubs. Our work in York Region is made possible by support from York Region, Town of Markham and Ontario Power Generation. For more information, or to get involved, visit www.yourleaf.org.

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