Ottawa – The City of Ottawa is partnering with the Government of Canada through the 2 Billion Tree program to plant 10,000 trees this year at Pinhey’s Point Park. Both partners will contribute $178,800 towards the project.
The goal of this project is to transform four hectares of open fields into a permanent forest by using a variety of native tree species to promote biodiversity and increase the resilience and adaptability of the future forest, further enhancing this city park space.
The afforestation project will also support the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan, Official Plan and Climate Change Master Plan while supporting the goals of both levels of government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help in the fight against climate change.
“I am thrilled that this collaboration between the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada will bring a new green space for the residents of our ward to enjoy," Councillor Kelly said. "It will change the landscape for the better while playing a key role in our City’s efforts to combat climate change.”"
“Ottawa is well known for its beautiful public spaces, and this exciting partnership between the City and the Government of Canada will offer residents another location to enjoy our city’s unique blend of urban and green spaces. It’s critical that we invest today in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resiliency to ensure Ottawa continues to transition to a clean, renewable and resilient city by 2050.”
Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, City of Ottawa
“Canada’s vast forests are an integral part of our environment, our economy and our heritage. They are one of our greatest allies in the fight against climate change. By planting 2 billion trees across Canada, we are creating good jobs, sustainable jobs, ensuring cleaner air for our communities and restoring valuable habitats to protect biodiversity.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of National Resources
“We are thrilled to announce these plans to plant 10,000 trees over the course of 2023, a project that will go far in supporting the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan and Climate Change Master Plan. It is important that we continue to build our tree canopy to beautify our community and contribute to cleaner air.”
Councillor Shawn Menard, Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee