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Planting in National Parks underway as part of Canada’s tree commitment

Taking care of Canada's forests and protected places plays a key role in the fight against climate change

June 7, 2021  by CM Staff

Gary Anandasangaree, Member of Parliament for Scarborough—Rouge Park, along with Omar McDadi, Parks Canada’s Field Unit Superintendent for Rouge National Urban Park, John MacKenzie, CEO of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario (CNW Group/Parks Canada)

MARKHAM, Ont. — As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to address climate change and protect biodiversity, Parks Canada is mobilizing to plant 150,000 trees this summer in up to 18 national parks from coast to coast. This includes planting 45,000 trees in Rouge National Urban Park this year alone.

Gary Anandasangaree, Member of Parliament for Scarborough—Rouge Park and Helena Jaczek, Member of Parliament for Markham—Stouffville, along with Omar McDadi, Parks Canada’s Field Unit Superintendent for Rouge National Urban Park joined reforestation partners John MacKenzie, CEO of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario in Rouge National Urban Park to highlight Canada’s plan to plant two billion trees over the next 10 years.

In an announcement on June 4, the Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, and Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, provided an update and outlined the next steps of that plan, which is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 12 megatonnes annually by 2050, as well as create up to 4,300 jobs.

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