'Great day today at our Citizen Forester program launch! We had a great turnout with some amazing guest speakers and all learned a lot. Topics included forest health, growing trees from Seed, tree inventory and Soil health. Can't wait to see what comes next.' - Emma
'I did make it to the U of T citizen forester event and it was amazing! Although I have a biology degree, I never learned about trees, and this event was an excellent summary of key points.' - Mariko
CITIZEN FORESTER LAUNCH: Professor Sandy Smith, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto
'Trees die & forest health'
CITIZEN FORESTER LAUNCH: Wayne Smith R.P.F., WayDa Grow Forestry Services
'Seeds to seedlings'
CITIZEN FORESTER LAUNCH: Community Engagement
'Seeds to seedlings'
CITIZEN FORESTER LAUNCH: Professor Danijela Puric-Mladenovic, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto
CITIZEN FORESTER LAUNCH: RICHARD EATON BSF, Cohen & Master
U of T’s Faculty of Forestry is working with community group Cabbagetown ReLEAF to encourage “citizen foresters” to care for Toronto’s trees — and plant new ones for tomorrow.
David Grant is passionate about Toronto’s trees. He’s particularly fond of the majestic silver maple that stood outside his Cabbagetown home. But he’d never thought much about how to care for it – until three years ago, when the ice storm hit. Surveying the downed branches in his own yard and along his street, Grant wondered about the millions of other trees across Toronto. Did his fellow homeowners know how to care for them in the wake of such a damaging event?
Soon after, Grant met Sandy Smith, a professor in the Faculty of Forestry, who had an interesting idea: students from Smith’s graduate class in urban forest conservation would work with Grant and other Cabbagetown residents to devise a long-term plan for the care of their community’s trees. Residents themselves could then follow the preservation plan. “It was like a dream come true,” says Grant. Now, he is looking to replicate the success of Cabbagetown ReLEAF – the non-profit association he founded to carry out the plan – in other communities. And, once again, he has enlisted Smith’s help.