Next week, Toronto’s parks and forestry staff will ask the city council to approve a plan to plant 250,000 trees over the next 10 years. Some experts believe developing a tree-like canopy in Toronto can help with the effects of climate change. The goal is to stop the spread of invasive species and replace them with native and hardier trees.
Oak, Maple, and Cherry are the types of trees that would be perfect to plant. Manager of forests and natural areas for the city, Beth Mcewen said “It’s important to plant the right tree in the right place… European Buckthorn is one of the most prolific species we have in the city now … and it can take over a forest and stop the reproduction of other species.”
For this project, the city would contract a non-for-profit organization called Forests Ontario. The organization would find hundreds of thousands of native seeds. Then they will distribute them throughout its network of nurseries where they will mature.
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