Not only are trees a vital economic resource, but they are also critical to life. It is for this reason Canadians celebrate National Tree Day.
Celebrated on the Wednesday of National Forest Week, National Tree Day serves as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the benefits trees provide, clean air, wildlife habitat, to name a few.
Mike Rosen, president of Tree Canada, explains, “National Tree Day was created in 2011 on the Wednesday of National Forest Week to focus Canadians on the importance of trees in our lives. Trees are important from an environmental, economic, and human health point of view.”
Rosen says, “With 82 per cent of us living in cities and towns it’s easy to forget how important trees are to us. They filter our air and water, remove CO2 and other pollutants and provide clean oxygen for everyone. They provide wildlife habitat and are crucial for many animals in terms of feeding and protection. They can reduce our heating costs in winter and air conditioning costs in summer and can increase the value of our homes and communities. They can make us feel better – both mentally and physically and can reduce our hospital times when we are sick.”
National Tree Day has done well since its inception in 2011 and it is getting more popular each year. Activities focusing on tree appreciation, such as walks and forest bathing, are increasing in popularity. There is lots of tree planting going on as well. It’s a great time to plant a tree.
Last year there were a series of plantings in every region of Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, and B.C.) as well as a special presentation to the people of Canada with the Eterne Award for their support since 1992 and for their support during the Canada 150 year in 2017. This was presented to the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Minister of Natural Resources.
Visit Tree Canada’s website see what is planned for your city, or to register an event. People can mark the day by planting or maintaining trees or educating themselves on the critical role of trees.
Make sure to dress appropriately as events are held regardless of the weather. People interested in organizing an event for their community can visit Tree Canada’s website for hints and tips.