Cutting provincial tree program will hurt environment, worsen flooding: nursery official

By Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen, April 29, 2019

Cutting Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program will mean job losses at a North Grenville forestry centre. More than that, it will make flooding worse and negatively impact the environment across the province, says Wes Herring, vice-president of Ferguson Forest Centre.

“We are being inundated with floods and the impacts of global warming right now. Not planting these trees and looking after our future is only going to make these things worse,” Herring said.

The $4.7-million annual program that aimed to plant 50 million trees across the province, was cut by the Progressive Conservative government in its April budget.

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