About Town of the Blue Mountains Tree Trust
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.
Town of the Blue Mountains Tree Trust Trees
Click on each caption to learn more about the tree’s story.
We wouldn’t be able to preserve all these trees in our community without your support. Click here to donate and help us save our next tree. And if you know of mature trees in Town of Blue Mountain’s parks and public spaces that need help, you can nominate them here.
To contact Town of the Blue Mountains Tree Trust, email: [email protected] or call (519)-599-7798.
Chapter Events & News
Community Events 2023
May 13 Tree Care day – volunteers needed – they will apply mulch, compost and water – register by emailing: [email protected] Watering by volunteers all summer – Water tanks will be placed at Northwinds Beach and 10th line sections of Georgian Trail
Upgrades to tree nursery – interested to help out? [email protected]
Tree of the Year Campaign – nominate your favourite tree! [email protected]
June through August – Watering of trees at Heritage Park and Delphi Point Park – [email protected]
June through August – Volunteers needed to help complete a tree inventory project lead by the Town. Training provided and project is lead by an Urban Forestry Masters student. Interested? [email protected]
June through August – tree care for 3 (possibly more) trees – event day TBD
Fall – Tree care day for new trees planted on the Georgian Trail on both sides of Christie Beach Road – date TBD
Town of the Blue Mountains
Volunteer Day on Earth Day
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!
Meet Town of the Blue Mountain’s Tree Trust 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.
Meet Town of the Blue Mountain’s Tree Trust Arborist
Arboreal was established in 2001 to offer the Blue Mountains/Southern Georgian Bay region with an arboriculture firm to provide tree care of the highest standard.
Certified arborists on staff ensure that the prescribed action for trees in our care is carried out to the highest level, while maintaining a professional membership with ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) ensures we keep abreast of the latest techniques and research in our field.
Our equipment compliments our professional team by being up to date and meeting or exceeding the standards set for our industry. From large items such as using modern well maintained engines in our equipment to ensure efficiency and environmental responsibility, to important smaller details such as our use of biodegradable bar oil for our chainsaws so that no petroleum products are left at your site.
Our methodology is based in responsibility, respect and accountability towards the living organisms on which we practice our craft and to the clients who have chosen to use our services.
Community Support & Sponsors
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.