Given its remarkably large land area, Ontario's forests are incredibly diverse. From the northern lowlands around Hudson Bay, through the Boreal forest, and on to the deciduous forests in the south, Ontario is home to a wide array of unique plants and wildlife. However, many of Ontario's amazing forests are being pressured by natural resource extraction and encroaching agricultural development. On top of this, in April 2019 the Ontario government cut funding for its tree-planting program, which intended on planting 50 million trees by 2025.
Reforestation in Ontario will greatly benefit communities, biodiversity, and the environment. Planting trees will restore critical watersheds, rebuild important wildlife habitats, and will ultimately combat climate change and global warming. Most importantly, your donation will help to fill the void left by the Ontario government's termination of the 50 Million Tree program. With your support, conservation organizations who were counting on support from the government will be able to continue planting trees across the province.
A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Ontario project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
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With more than 60% forest coverage, Ontario's forests account for about 17% of Canada's forest coverage. This amounts to about 71 million hectares, an area the size of Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands combined.
Ontario's forests are divided into 4 regional sections: the Hudson Bay Lowlands of the far north, the Boreal Forest of northern Ontario, the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Forest of southern and central Ontario, and the deciduous forest in Southern Ontario bordering the United States.
All of these regions hold their own unique biodiversity, but some of the wildlife that can be found in Ontario forests includes polar bears, woodland caribou, barred owl, black bear, and even flying squirrels!
WHY PLANT TREES?
Restore wildlife habitat
Conserving and restoring forests will directly benefit the wide range of biodiversity who call Ontario's wooded areas home. From polar bears to blue jays, to trillium flowers, Ontario's forests are filled with remarkable plants and animals.
Protect water supply
Improving the hydrological function of Ontario's forests ensures that critical watersheds are protected. Healthy watersheds means streams and rivers can better support wildlife, farmers, and communities across the province.
Help fight climate change
Forests store a lot of carbon. And in Ontario, where there is a large timber industry, a lot of that carbon is being released. By planting trees and rebuilding forests we can store more carbon and reduce the net carbon being emitted.