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About Tree Trust TBM

Tree Trust Town of The Blue Mountains (TBM) was established in July of 2020 with a mandate to look after landmark, established trees in our community.

While preserving legacy trees was our initial mission, our experience to date demonstrates that Tree Trust is a practical mechanism for community members to make a difference by inviting them to become involved and support their own urban forest. Taking care of mature trees offers a transformational opportunity; residents connect with mature trees as a highly visual, symbolic, and inspiring way to start engaging with climate solutions.

Since our launch, we have cared for five Sugar Maples – including a grand 225-year-old tree on the Georgian Trail. You can learn about all of our Tree Trust Trees here. As an extension project to complement the work we do at Tree Trust, we have started a native seed nursery with the intention of closing the loop.

Our native seed nursery

Knowing the legacy trees we have cared for have made it to old age and likely have good genetics, we will be using their seeds to grow new saplings in the hopes they too will mature into beautiful, storied trees.

Our nursery is located at the Tomahawk Recreation Complex in Thornbury. Thanks to the many volunteers who helped by harvesting seeds and baby seedlings from older legacy trees. The seedlings have been transplanted in the nursery and the seeds are in cold storage until planting time in the spring.

Thanks to the Blue Mountain Fruit Company and Arboreal Tree Care for helping prepare the site, and to our Town Council and staff for installing protective fencing to protect the trees from rodents. Stay tuned for more updates!

Community sponsors and supporters

Our community support has been outstanding, with significant citizen donations, support from Clarksburg-Thornbury Rotary and grants from Town of The Blue Mountains Grants and Donations Committee. The work on our very first tree was also completed free of charge by our Tree Trust Approved Aborist Arboreal Tree Care Professionals. Thank you to our dedicated donors and sponsors.

Meet the Chapter coordinator

Betty Muise is a consultant specializing in adult education and training program design and facilitation. Throughout her career, Betty has focused on complex, multifaceted and highly technical issues in sectors such as health care, the environment, waste and recycling, energy, housing, and agriculture.

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