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OTTAWA, Sept. 26, (Canadian-Media): In celebration of its 25th anniversary on National Tree Day today, Tree Canada, the nation's leading national tree planting charity, planted its 82 millionth tree in Canada, media reports said.
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"As Tree Canada celebrates our 25th year of growing greener, healthier places for Canadians to live, we look forward to 25 more years of playing a leading role in the preservation of Canada's urban forest across the country," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada.
To mark its 25th anniversary, Tree Canada, which is the driving force for the establishment of National Tree Day, will plant with a ceremonial tree planting near the Bytown Museum at 1 Canal Lane, just below Parliament Hill.
The event would start at about 12:15 p.m. and will feature special guests including Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, Joyce Murray, MP Vancouver Quadra and Ottawa City Councillor Catherine McKenney.
"Throughout Canada's history, our trees and forests have helped to define us as a nation and shape us as a people. On this day – National Tree Day – I would like to commend Tree Canada for the remarkable work they have done for 25 years to promote our nation's forests," said Carr.
"Growing in size every year, National Tree Day helps remind Canadians of the importance of trees — how they beautify our communities, naturally cool our cities in the summer, and combat climate change, and help improve human health," said Rosen.
Tree Canada been has engaging, over the past twenty years, communities, governments, corporations and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment as well as educating them to give technical expertise and resources to plant and care for urban and rural trees.
An investment of more than $1 million had been announced, by Tree Canada had announced, help to restore the forests destroyed by the devastating Fort McMurraywildfires last year.
As the largest urban forest organization in the country, Tree Canada also celebrated its 150th anniversary of Confederation with 150 tree-planting initiatives in communities in every province and territory across the country.
Until October 1st, Canadians can take The National Tree Day Challenge at nationaltreeday.ca for their chance to win a trip to Banff, Alberta.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)