As we celebrate National Tree Day, it's clear we need to take a more strategic approach to maintaining and improving our urban forests.
Michael is the President of Tree Canada, responsible for securing private and public partnerships, overall project management, governance and chief of Board and stakeholder relations. Michael brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. Michael was Vice-President of Tree Canada since 2002, responsible for project implementation, donor development, communications and technical standards. <br> <br> Previously he was a Stewardship Coordinator and Forester for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources where he received the Amethyst Award for his work especially during the 1998 ice storm. Michael also served as an adviser to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's Tree Bylaws Advisory Committee, helped author the document Sustainable Forests in Urban Ontario, and managed the York Regional and Simcoe County Forests. He helped York Region pass its first tree cutting bylaw in the early 90's and has written articles on urban forestry, trees and private land forest management. <br> <br> He graduated in forestry from the University of Toronto, possesses a B. A. in History from Trent University and has a diploma from U of T and Lakehead University in the Ontario Advanced Forestry Program. Michael is a Registered Professional Forester in Ontario and a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. He lives in Cantley, Québec.
Moving forward, it's clear we need to take a more strategic approach to maintaining and improving our urban forests at both the provincial and federal level in order to combat climate change and air pollution, urbanization and densification, invasive insects and disease, and the cost of green infrastructure maintenance.
12/07/2016 05:16 EST
Canada is significantly behind other G7 countries in the value we place on urban forests, especially the U.S., where management of urban forests falls under the responsibility of an individual equivalent to a Canadian deputy minister.
09/26/2016 09:44 EDT
I still wasn't fully prepared for what I experienced during my visit last week. I'm a professional forester and I've seen my fair share of forest fires up close. Still, the vastness of this fire and extent of damage in an urban area was sad, sobering and more than a little eerie.
07/21/2016 10:12 EDT
Planting trees is one way Canadians can take positive action today to help the communities of tomorrow. That's why we have launched the third annual Tree Canada 10,000 Tree Challenge, encouraging individuals and corporations to make donations to increase our communities' canopies in honor of Earth Day.
04/22/2016 07:35 EDT
Last year, we exported almost $30 million in fresh-cut trees to the United States and another $32.6 million in trees to the rest of the world. When combining the $60+ million that Canadians spent on real trees last year, it all adds up to a $125 million contribution to our rural economy.
12/16/2015 03:10 EST
As the president of Tree Canada, an organization that's helped plant more than 80 million trees over the past 20 years, you might expect an argument against cutting down a "live tree," but make no mistake -- you are helping both the environment and the community you live in when you choose a real tree.
11/19/2015 04:56 EST
Considering the environment never receives much discussion around election time, it should come as no surprise that the topic of urban tree cover is buried deep in the forest of political discourse, under a layer of heavy brush. However, I believe a big part of our national identity is tied to the environment, and our leaders should strive to improve the health of our communities and the Canadians who live in them.
09/22/2015 05:34 EDT
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