Cabbagetown ReLEAF Tree Stewardship is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote a healthier, more resilient urban forest through research, education and community engagement.
The Citizen Forester Program empowers individuals with the knowledge on how to care for and protect our mature trees, grow new native trees from locally sourced seeds and to lead tree planting and care activities within the community. This is a great opportunity to support our environment, promote urban greening, improve community health, and enhance the quality of life in the City of Toronto and across the Province of Ontario.
'Grow new native trees from locally sourced seeds in Air-Pot containers.' – Cabbagetown ReLEAF's Citizen Forester Program, Growing Trees from Seed →
U of T Forestry
Toronto’s trees aren’t just beautiful – they clean the air, cool the city, provide a habitat for urban wildlife and even intercept rainfall to reduce strain on the city’s sewer system. But a healthy urban canopy doesn’t happen on its own – someone needs to plant new trees, save existing ones and protect against pests and disease. It’s a lot of work for overwhelmed and budget-constrained municipal departments – and that’s where Sandy Smith’s students step in.
Smith, a professor of forestry, links students in the Master of Forest Conservation program with community groups across Toronto to keep their neighbourhood green. Each student team creates an urban forest management plan. The community then has an urban greening strategy to move forward with the City.
U of T’s Faculty of Forestry is working with community group Cabbagetown ReLEAF to encourage “citizen foresters” to care for Toronto’s trees — and plant new ones for tomorrow.
David Grant is passionate about Toronto’s trees. He’s particularly fond of the majestic silver maple that stood outside his Cabbagetown home. But he’d never thought much about how to care for it – until three years ago, when the ice storm hit. Surveying the downed branches in his own yard and along his street, Grant wondered about the millions of other trees across Toronto. Did his fellow homeowners know how to care for them in the wake of such a damaging event?