October 16, 2002

York Region joins Forestry Conference to help tackle challenges of Urban Forestry

 NEWMARKET – More than 300 delegates participated in the Fifth Canadian Urban Forestry Conference at the Hilton Suites in Markham from October 7th to 9th. Sponsored jointly by the Regional Municipality of York and the Ontario Urban Forest Council (with the support of the Tree Canada Foundation) the conference attracted urban forestry professionals, engineers, biologists, planners and interested individuals from across Canada and the United States to discuss the challenges of urban forestry.

"York Region has taken a leading role in urban forestry, sustainable forests and healthy communities," said Bill Fisch, York Region Chair and CEO, in his opening address to delegates. "Two years ago, the York Regional Forest became the first public woodlands in Canada to be designated sustainable, and we will continue to work hard to secure a green York Region."

The conference featured a number of seminars, panel presentations and workshops on issues of urban forest planning and strategies. Presentations were given by forestry professionals from across Canada, the United States and Europe, and all delegates received a copy of "Canada’s Urban Forest: A Collection of Stories", detailing urban forest experiences and successes.

"York Region has a number of significant environmental features," said Kees Schipper, York Region Commissioner of Transportation and Works, who discussed details of York Region’s award-winning Greening Strategy during a presentation on the final day of the conference. "It is imperative that we balance the rapid growth in our area with conservation efforts."

At a banquet on Tuesday, York Region and Wildlife Habitat Canada presented the First Annual Urban Habitat Stewardship Award to four different groups, including a joint award to the Town of Markham and the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority. The award recognized exceptional innovation and leadership in urban landscape stewardship.

For more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca


Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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