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Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa–Orleans, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today celebrated National Tree Day with officials from the City of Ottawa and the Tree Canada Foundation at a tree-planting event in the city’s Vincent Massey Park.
“Canada’s forests play an important role in our economy, culture, history and traditions, and Canadians can be proud of our country’s record on sustainable forest management,” said MP Galipeau. “Ottawa’s urban forests are also very important for a city’s quality of life, and that is why I am proud to work with the City of Ottawa to help ensure urban trees and forests are here for future generations.”
Urban trees and forests have been shown to improve air quality by removing atmospheric carbon dioxide, absorbing air pollutants and producing oxygen. The average urban tree in Canada is estimated to remove about 200 kg of carbon over an 80-year period. Natural Resources Canada is undertaking scientific research to promote the health of trees and forests by developing the tools to combat threats such as emerald ash borer insect.
The Harper Government is committed to advancing the understanding and practice of sustainable forest management, with the objective of meeting society’s need for forest products while protecting forest health and the environmental and social values derived from Canada’s forests.
“National Tree Day is a day of action and appreciation to recognize the many ways in which trees benefit our environment and our lives,” added MP Galipeau. “By striking a balance between environmental and economic needs, our Government is ensuring that the vast natural forests in Canada will continue to play a major role in our communities.”
The Government of Canada recognizes that our forest sector is an important economic driver, providing high-paying jobs in rural communities. Canada’s forest industry contributes $19 billion to our gross domestic product and $16 billion to our balance of trade, and it directly employs some 230,000 people.
Since 2006, the Government has invested more than $1.7 billion to support the forest industry during a period of great difficulty, and it continues to make strategic investments to support transformation.
For additional information on Canada’s forests and National Forest Week, please visit: http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/home
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