Rescue plan trying to take root to save three million tiny trees threatened by budget cuts

By Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen, May 7, 2019

A rescue plan may be emerging to save as many as three million trees in danger of being plowed under because of cuts to an Ontario planting program.

Ed Patchell, the chief executive of Ferguson Tree Nursery outside Kemptville, said there’s been a flurry of interest in the threatened trees since news broke of their possible destruction.

“I think there will be some opportunity to save some, if not all of it,” he said Monday evening. “Even the government is showing signs of interest in coming up with a solution for the stock as well.”

Though it was too early to say for certain what the next steps are, Patchell said he’s “guardedly” more optimistic than he was a few days ago.

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