New website helps identify what trees to plantFriday, September 13, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
The Ministry of Natural Resources have developed a new tool to helps identify which trees to plant in your area.
Want to know which trees grow best in your community? Need some advice on how to plant a tree in your backyard? The Tree Atlas can help.
By clicking on the map, the Tree Atlas will help you identify native Ontario tree species using pictures of bark, fruit, cones, leaves and needles; learn which species grow best in your area, including tips on when and how to plant a tree; and will advise what types of soil and sun exposure will help a tree thrive
Sustainable natural resource management and conserving Ontario’s biodiversity for future generations is part of the Ontario government’s plan to attract investment, create jobs and grow the economy — ensuring a fair and prosperous province for all.
"The Tree Atlas is a great tool for people who want clear, reliable information about native trees," said David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources "Whether you’re out with the family and want to know what trees you’re walking past or planning to plant a tree this fall, I encourage you to use Ontario’s Tree Atlas to find the help you need."
Trees absorb and store greenhouse gases from the atmosphere as they grow, making them an essential tool in Ontario's fight against climate change.
Two-thirds of Ontario, an area totaling 71.1 million hectares, is covered by forests – a land area equivalent in size to Germany, Italy and the Netherlands combined.
Ontario's Tree Seed Facility is dedicated to protecting Ontario’s rich natural heritage by collecting seeds from 50 different native species and supplying them to nurseries, forestry companies and the public.
Ontario is committed to plant 50 million trees by 2025.
You can visit Ontario's Tree Atlas by clicking here.