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New tree planting program announced for Scugog

New tree planting program announced for Scugog

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

SCUGOG: A new partnership initiative is encouraging local residents to plant native trees. The Township of Scugog is one of four Durham region municipalities, partnering with the Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests organization (LEAF), to provide a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program to owners of local residential, multi-unit, or commercial properties. “Through the full service program, property owners receive a consultation with a certified arborist, a 1.5 to 2.4-metre tall tree and full planting service, for $150 to $220 per tree. This low price is possible because the program is subsidized by the Region and participating municipalities. Arborist consultations will take place over the summer, with modified procedures, to comply with physical distancing. Planting will occur in the fall,” read a press release from the Region of Durham. Scugog Mayor Bobbie Drew explained in a statement that this program fits well with the township’s other initiatives. “Through the Township of Scugog Strategic Plan, we are committed to protect and enhance our natural environment, including implementing community partnerships, green solutions and increasing our tree canopy through planting programs. We are pleased to partner with the LEAF Program to offer subsidized tree planting opportunities to our residents, community organizations and businesses.” Regional Chair John Henry explained the importance of this initiative for the Region in a statement. “When we invest in a tree, we invest in our quality of life: cleaner air, cooler spaces, and the environmental benefits of combating climate change. Healthier and greener communities contribute to our overall health, we look forward to reaping the benefits of LEAF’s important programs.” More information on the program can be found by going online to or by calling 1-888-453-6504.

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