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About Tree Trust TBM

Tree Trust 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 become involved and support their own urban forest. Taking care of mature trees offers a transformational opportunity; caring for mature trees is a 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.

Community Events 2022

Spring Events at the Beaver Valley Community School:   Beaver Valley Community School students will be able to attend a screening of the film “Call of the Forest” (tentative date April 28 at the LE Shore Public Library). Also, on May 6th, Professor Pricklethorn (https://www.pricklethorn.com/) will entertain and educate Grades 1,2 and 3 classes about trees and care of trees. 

Tree-care Event, June 10: Another of our highly successful opportunities for members of the public to watch professional arborists care for one of our mature, legacy local trees is tentatively scheduled for June 10th.  Watch the Blue Mountain Review or local social media for announcements.

Summer-Fall backyard tree planting program:  Treetrust will be using a grant from the TBM Environmental Sustainability Fund to implement a tree planting program to provide and encourage trees to be planted in residents’ back yards.  This program will roll out over the summer. There will be many different volunteer needs, including looking after potted trees, helping us with the tree-day giveaway, helping residents determine the right tree for the right place, and doing some after-care and survey/research work.  Please reach out to [email protected] to volunteer for this effort.

A note about our advocacy work: Over the past fall and winter, Treetrust contributed comment and made deputations to TBM Town Council regarding a proposed tree cutting bylaw and tree preservation opportunities related to the Thornbury West Reconstruction Project. Although this is beyond the scope of our normal, hands-on tree care and planting activities, it is extremely important work since Council decisions can have a huge impact on our precious tree canopy. We are seeing large and growing numbers of residents from across TBM regularly demanding that trees become a top priority in Town decision-making. As a volunteer organization, we have limited capacity for advocacy, so be sure to add your voice to Council and town staff about the importance of trees in our community.  You can learn more about Town activities and how to comment at www.thebluemountains.ca.   

Our native seed nursery

Knowing that 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 harvest 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, media coverage from The Blue Mountains Review, 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. Most recently, Garden Holistics made a generous Holiday season donation in lieu of Christmas cards and gifts. 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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