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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Planting breaths of fresh air

One of the latest projects in an ambitious tree-planting program will help future campers at Camp Couchiching breathe easier.

About 600 trees were planted in May at the Ramara Township camp as part of the province's 50 Million Tree program, which aims to have that many trees planted in southern Ontario by 2020.

The United Nations declared the planting to be the largest project of its kind in North America.

Campers celebrated that accomplishment Saturday with the "ceremonial mulching" of a tamarack tree.

Twenty years ago, between 20 million and 30 million trees were being planted in Ontario each year.

Funding cutbacks in the early 1990s caused that number to drop. By 2006, two million trees were being planted annually.

Trees Ontario and its partners planted a million more than that this past spring alone.

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