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Canadians celebrate National Tree Day


Staff writers
September 27, 2012 — Canadians across the country celebrated National Tree Day this week in an effort to make improvements to the environment.


Manitoba plants six million trees in only five years
Manitoba plants six million trees in only five years

Canada's second annual National Tree Day took place on Wednesday. 

In Oakville, Ontario volunteers came out to Perkin's Passage to help bring back the green space left devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer. 

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, National Tree Day was cause for celebration. 

The sixth millionth tree of its Trees of Tomorrow Project was put in the ground. The program was implemented in 2008 and originally called for five million trees to be planted. 

Last year, that goal was increased to six million. 

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, with shovel in hand, planted the final tree at The Forks.

"To plant six million trees in five years is very important because it's a net addition to the trees that we've got," says Selinger. "It's not replacing trees, it's brand new trees in the province of Manitoba and over the next 50 years, it will be like taking 190,000 cars off the road. It makes a big difference to the environment in terms of green house gases, it makes a big difference to the environment in terms of aesthetics and the quality of life that we have every day." 

Generally, deciduous trees can be planted in autumn when the leaves start falling from trees right up until the ground freezes. Evergreens can be planted from now until the end of October.

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