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Global deforestation is now happening faster than ever. Between increased agricultural demand and increasing rates of forest fires abroad and in Canada, the need to protect our trees is more important than ever. According to the United Nation, stopping deforestation and restoring damaged forests could provide up to 30 percent of the climate solution.

Last year, we committed to saving 5,000 trees and this year we want to do the same. Celebrate National Tree Day with us by saving trees and helping bring awareness to the need for further tree planting.

Save 5 Trees

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Save 10 Trees

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We’re committed to creating a greener Canada, and supporting reforestation, healthy environments and green communities. As a community, we can grow something special.

 
 

The Environmental Benefit of Trees

National Tree Day is a meaningful way to reflect on the positive impact that trees have on our lives and to celebrate all that they have to offer. From cleaning the air to managing stormwater to storing CO2, urban forests play an integral role in our health and well-being.

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Best Trees to Help Climate Change

Tree planting is an excellent way to increase the value of your property and make a positive contribution to environmental health. Last year, Muskoka Grown made a commitment to plant 5,000 trees in support of Forests Ontario 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP), whose goal is to promote tree planting, forest stewardship, awareness and forestry education.

Get Involved 

Through the 50MTP, landowners may get 75 to 90 percent of their total planting costs covered. If your property has at least one hectare (2.5 acres) of open land available for tree planting, all you have to do is register. To learn more visit, Forests Ontario.

What are the best trees to fight climate change?

  • Pines: As Evergreens, Pines are able to photosynthesize year-round, unlike deciduous which lose their leaves in the fall. Both red and white pines are also native to Muskoka.  

  • Black Walnut: Walnut trees have become especially efficient at converting CO2 to oxygen in order to satisfy the carbon demanding nuts they produce. 

  • Red Oak: Due to their large canopies and thick trunks red oaks make for efficient carbon converters. These trees will need a lot of space, as they are capable of growing up to 90 feet tall. 

Native Trees to plant in Ontario: 

  • Willow

  • Balsam fir

  • Red maple

  • Tamarack

  • Black spruce

  • Eastern hemlock

Residential tree planting has been known to increase the value of the homeowners land, improve the quality of their soil, increase wildlife habitat, enhance recreational opportunities, improve the overall health of the environment and leave a lasting legacy.

 

 
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Best places to see fall colours in Muskoka.

Let’s celebrate the beautiful trees of Muskoka. Every year millions of visitors come up to see the stunning landscapes change from lush greens to vibrant oranges and reds. Here are some of the best lookouts to appreciate the colours:

  • Lion’s Lookout in Huntsville

  • Huckleberry Rock in Muskoka Lakes

  • Dorset Fire Tower in Lake of Bays

  • Track and Tower in Algonquin Park

Lesser Known Places to see the fall colours in Muskoka:

While the above destinations are renowned for their colours, they can often get busy around October. If you’re looking for some lesser known, and less crowded destinations, try these: 

  • Hardy Lake Provincial Park

  • Lookout Park

  • Arrowhead Bend

  • Hunters Bay Trail 

  • Limberlost Forest Trail

The best time of year to see the changing colours:  

The best time to see the autumn colours varies from year to year, depending on the temperature changes and light availability. Here are when the colours were seen last year, to give you a good estimation for you fall adventures in 2019: 

  • September 20th - 30th: Early signs of colours changing. 

  • October 1st - October 12th: Peak colour display 

  • October 13th – 21st: The final performance

 
 
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