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Official Markham 225 Forest Community Creates Living Legacy

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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Official Markham 225 Forest

Community Creates Living Legacy


MARKHAM, ON – October 29, 2019 – On Saturday October 26, 2019 Mayor Frank Scarpitti and community volunteers planted the Official Markham 225 Forest in the south end of Milne Dam Conservation Park. Announced during Applefest festivities, this forest commemorates the 225th Anniversary of the City of Markham by creating a living legacy of 225 Bur Oaks – magnificent trees that are especially meaningful for the City of Markham and the Trees for Tomorrow program.

“That same intrepid spirit that led William Berczy and the early settlers defines us,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our community is evolving, and to know our future, we must understand our past. The Markham 225 Forest will be here for generations, contributing to a healthier, greener world. As the Bur Oak takes root and grows, it will serve as a reminder of the power of community.”

A land blessing and smudge ceremony led by Elder Suzanne Smoke officially kicked off the event. Mayor Scarpitti then planted a ceremonial tree before working with families, youth and community groups to prepare and plant the Bur Oaks. All participants took home White Spruce saplings ready for planting.

The Bur Oak (Quercus macropcarpa) is the official tree of the City of Markham and its leaf and acorn is pictured on all park signs. An enduring symbol of strength, power, durability and survival, Bur Oaks can live up to 400 years. They are the most common White Oak species in Canada and are commonly found in the Markham area.

Milne Dam Conservation Park is one of Markham’s largest and most significant areas. When fully planted, it will provide over 15 hectares of forest habitat and food for wildlife. It will also boost the biodiversity of native trees and plant species. This large new forest creates a significant interior habitat – an area of woodland or forest at least 100 metres away from any edge and therefore unaffected by ‘edge effects’ – that can provide homes for specialized types of birds, amphibians and plants.

The Official Markham 225 Forest will increase and enhance Markham’s urban canopy for future generations while improving air quality and preserving the environment. It is an initiative of the Mayor’s Trees for Tomorrow program, adding to the more than 400,000 trees planted since the Mayor started this program in 2007.

If you are inspired and want to maintain Markham’s leadership in sustainability and restoration, Trees for Tomorrow can help! Markham, in partnership with York Region and LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), is offering native trees at deeply discounted rates of $50 to $100 through LEAF’s Backyard Tree Planting Program. Residents, business owners and places of worship can access advice from a certified arborist and full-service tree planting which includes a soil assessment, and considers level of sunlight, location and personal preferences. Markham recently doubled the number of trees available after 2019’s initial goal was met. There is still time to make a difference in your community. Learn more at www.yourleaf.org or call 1.866.453.6504 to plant a tree today!

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About LEAF: LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest and engages citizens in urban forest stewardship through planting, education and training. LEAF offers a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program for private property that is supported by The City of Toronto, The Regional Municipality of York, The City of Markham, The Town of Newmarket, The Town of Ajax, Ontario Power Generation and Toronto Hydro.

Official Markham 225 Forest

Community Creates Living Legacy


MARKHAM, ON – October 29, 2019 – On Saturday October 26, 2019 Mayor Frank Scarpitti and community volunteers planted the Official Markham 225 Forest in the south end of Milne Dam Conservation Park. Announced during Applefest festivities, this forest commemorates the 225th Anniversary of the City of Markham by creating a living legacy of 225 Bur Oaks – magnificent trees that are especially meaningful for the City of Markham and the Trees for Tomorrow program.

“That same intrepid spirit that led William Berczy and the early settlers defines us,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our community is evolving, and to know our future, we must understand our past. The Markham 225 Forest will be here for generations, contributing to a healthier, greener world. As the Bur Oak takes root and grows, it will serve as a reminder of the power of community.”

A land blessing and smudge ceremony led by Elder Suzanne Smoke officially kicked off the event. Mayor Scarpitti then planted a ceremonial tree before working with families, youth and community groups to prepare and plant the Bur Oaks. All participants took home White Spruce saplings ready for planting.

The Bur Oak (Quercus macropcarpa) is the official tree of the City of Markham and its leaf and acorn is pictured on all park signs. An enduring symbol of strength, power, durability and survival, Bur Oaks can live up to 400 years. They are the most common White Oak species in Canada and are commonly found in the Markham area.

Milne Dam Conservation Park is one of Markham’s largest and most significant areas. When fully planted, it will provide over 15 hectares of forest habitat and food for wildlife. It will also boost the biodiversity of native trees and plant species. This large new forest creates a significant interior habitat – an area of woodland or forest at least 100 metres away from any edge and therefore unaffected by ‘edge effects’ – that can provide homes for specialized types of birds, amphibians and plants.

The Official Markham 225 Forest will increase and enhance Markham’s urban canopy for future generations while improving air quality and preserving the environment. It is an initiative of the Mayor’s Trees for Tomorrow program, adding to the more than 400,000 trees planted since the Mayor started this program in 2007.

If you are inspired and want to maintain Markham’s leadership in sustainability and restoration, Trees for Tomorrow can help! Markham, in partnership with York Region and LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), is offering native trees at deeply discounted rates of $50 to $100 through LEAF’s Backyard Tree Planting Program. Residents, business owners and places of worship can access advice from a certified arborist and full-service tree planting which includes a soil assessment, and considers level of sunlight, location and personal preferences. Markham recently doubled the number of trees available after 2019’s initial goal was met. There is still time to make a difference in your community. Learn more at www.yourleaf.org or call 1.866.453.6504 to plant a tree today!

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About LEAF: LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest and engages citizens in urban forest stewardship through planting, education and training. LEAF offers a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program for private property that is supported by The City of Toronto, The Regional Municipality of York, The City of Markham, The Town of Newmarket, The Town of Ajax, Ontario Power Generation and Toronto Hydro.