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Tree Canada now accepting applications to plant FireSmart trees in support of community re-greening

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 11, 2018) – For the second consecutive year, Tree Canada is providing community grants to residents and community groups in the region as part of its #OperationReLeaf – Fort McMurray program. 

Grants will be available to individuals living in the RMWB who are looking to plant fire resistant trees on private property, and to community groups looking to purchase fire resistant trees to plant or give away to homeowners. All trees must meet FireSmart guidelines in order to qualify.

Residents are eligible to receive up to a maximum of $3,000 and community groups are eligible to receive up to a maximum of $10,000. Applications will be approved on a first come, first served basis, provided they meet the requirements of the program. The deadline to apply is June 8, 2018. 

“Tree Canada is dedicated to supporting re-greening efforts in the RMWB,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “We believe these community grants will go a long way in helping residents re-plant after the 2016 Horse River Wildfire and will encourage all homeowners throughout the region to implement FireSmart practices in their own backyards.”

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.

“FireSmart Canada is thrilled to see the Tree Canada grant program continue in the RMWB this spring and summer,” said Laura Stewart, President, FireSmart Canada. “Research and science have taught us that the choices we make with landscaping materials on our properties have a tremendous impact on the vulnerability of our homes. We encourage residents to learn more about the FireSmart program and the simple steps they can take to reduce wildfire risks at home.”

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 rmwb.ca/trees.

To apply for funding or to learn more about Tree Canada’s #OperationReLeaf – Fort McMurray program, visit treecanada.ca/fortmacreleaf

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About Tree Canada:

Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, Tree Canada has planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 600 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada. Get involved or learn more about us at treecanada.ca.

Contact:
Fabrice Parisi
Tree Canada Program Manager, Operation ReLeaf Fort McMurray
fparisi@treecanada.ca
613-567-5545 ext. 234

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 firesmartcanada.ca.  

Contact:
Laura Stewart
President, FireSmart Canada
president@firesmartcanada.ca 
587-985-2095

Contact:
media@rmwb.ca