Restoring six Tamaracks and planting to diversify the Island’s urban forest

In 2021, Tyler Ganton from We Care Tree Care worked throughout the summer to restore six Tamaracks, relatively rare on the Island, to help extend their life.

These native Tamarack (Larix laricina) trees on the island were
planted on much higher ground than most. We lost 95% of the Tamarack (Larix laricina)trees on the island in the floods of 2017 and 2019. Luckily these trees were planted about one meter high than the other trees making some of them the only survivors thus their importance and significance. They are a long-lasting tree and are
worth preserving.

Tyler has also brought four large future Carbon-Capture Heroes over to Toronto Island. All are unusual species, which will help diversify the island’s tree canopy of mainly Willows and Poplars. Thanks to generous Tree Trust funders, he has planted a Chinkapin Oak (pictured), a Styrax Japonica Snowcone, a Tartarian maple and a Black Gum. All are settling in nicely and, in fact, the oak has already produced its first acorn.

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