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Tree Canada announces grant opportunity to plant FireSmart trees

(Fort McMurray, AB – September 15, 2017) – To support individual re-planting efforts across the region, Tree Canada has announced the creation of a community grant program through Operation ReLeaf Fort McMurray. 

Residents are eligible for a grant of up to $300 to plant trees on private property either damaged in the wildfire or adjacent to greenspace where firebreaks were created or hazardous trees were removed. Community groups are eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 to plant trees on private property or to purchase trees to give to residents affected by the wildfire. 

“We're dedicated to returning this community to its former beauty and would like to thank our corporate partners and individual Canadians for making this all possible,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “It is my sincere hope that this initiative will help to bring back and revitalize cherished urban green spaces in the community.”

Broader community-level planting is planned for the spring of 2018 and will involve renewed volunteer opportunities.

“Our region extends a sincere thank you to these important partners for stepping up to help our residents replant trees on their properties,” said Jody Butz, Fire Chief, Regional Emergency Services. “It is more important than ever that we work together to incorporate FireSmart guidelines at home and throughout the region as we move toward becoming an even more resilient community.”

The grant program is offered in partnership with FireSmart Canada to ensure all trees planted through the program meet FireSmart guidelines. No trees may be planted on Municipal property under any circumstance except for municipally-sanctioned community planting days at designated areas.

“We’re very excited to be a part of this grant program and to continue to encourage homeowners to learn more about the steps they can take to make their home more resilient in the event of a wildfire,” said Laura Stewart, President, FireSmart Canada. 

Residents are encouraged to download the RMWB Guide to FireSmart Landscaping to learn more about the types of trees they should consider planting and where on their property these trees should be planted. To learn more about the grant and about FireSmart, head to

To learn more about Tree Canada’s Operation ReLeaf Fort McMurray program, visit


About Tree Canada:

Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. As the leading national tree planting charity, Tree Canada has planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 580 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada since 1992. Get involved or learn more about them at

Rebecca Taylor
Tree Canada program manager, Operation ReLeaf Fort McMurray
613-567-5545 ext. 225

About FireSmart Canada:

FireSmart Canada is the go-to national program committed to helping Canadians reduce their wildfire risk and become fire adapted through community-based solutions.  FireSmart is administered by Partners in Protection Association; a non-profit coalition of federal, provincial, first nations', private industry and municipal fire, emergency and land management experts. Through publications, programs, outreach training, and workshops, FireSmart provides tools for Canadians to become pro-active in reducing the risk of wildfire to their homes and communities. For more information on FireSmart visit  

Laura Stewart
President, FireSmart Canada


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