Town of the Blue Mountains

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 ten 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.

225 year-old Sugar Maple
10th Line & High Bluff Lane, TBM
Carbon Sequestered: 6.6 tonnes
132 year-old Sugar Maple
Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery
Carbon Sequestered: 4.3 tonnes
128 year-old Sugar Maple
Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery
Carbon Sequestered: 8.1 tonnes
Pair of Sugar Maples
Hillcrest Park, TBM
Carbon Sequestered:
Tree 1: 7 tonnes
Tree 2: 5.3 tonnes
125 year-old Sugar Maple
Elgin Street, Thornbury
Carbon Sequestered: 4.5 tonnes
100-year-old Sugar Maple
Banks Heritage Cemetery, TBM
Carbon Sequestered: 2.7 tonnes
100 year-old Sugar Maple
Georgian Trail (Near Wards Rd.)
Carbon Sequestered: 6.8 tonnes
100+ year-old Sugar Maple
Russell Street
Carbon Sequestered: 4.2 tonnes

80 year-old Sugar Maple
Napier St, Thornbury
Carbon Sequestered: 1.4 tonnes

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

Thanks to volunteers and community donations we’re expanding our nursery!

Georgian TrailA Strong Community Builds a Future Tree Canopy

On Saturday, May 7th, 2022 the Town of the Blue Mountains saw 100 volunteers planting tree seedlings along the Georgian Trail.  Community members of all ages, from children to seniors, participated. Working in teams, they planted cedars, white pines, red oaks and native shrubs. 
The effort was a huge success, with more than 300 seedlings planted along two sections of the Georgian Trail – near Northwinds Beach and at the 10th line. TBM staff matched the effort on Monday, May 9th, by planting another 300 seedlings. 
The response from the community was overwhelming and demonstrated how residents from all over TBM can come together to support highly valued efforts like establishing a future tree canopy.
The event also demonstrated collaboration between the municipality and local community groups. “The degree of collaboration among the program partners has been exceptional”, said John White of the Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary. “There has been strong synergy and benefit from Town of the Blue Mountains, Treetrust TBM and Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary working together on this first-of-its-kind effort. Ryan Gibbons, Director of Community Services for TBM, saw the event as an important learning opportunity: “We did a lot of collaborative planning that helped make the event successful but we also learned a lot that will help us in future programs.”  
Also notable was the extra care taken to improve the survivability of the seedlings. Volunteer team leaders attended a training seminar led by Arboreal Tree Care before the event. The focus was on ensuring that extra care was taken to dig planting holes suitable to the root ball of the seedlings and adding nutritious compost and water.  
Over the summer, water tanks will remain in place and volunteers are encouraged to perform watering duties when they can, but especially during hot and dry weather.

More trees are coming to the Georgian Trail!

In 2023, Tree Trust TBM and Tree Trust Meaford partnered with the Georgian Cycle and Ski Trail Association for a three-year tree-planting program! The program will focus on planting and watering bare root and container-sized deciduous and coniferous trees, from two to six feet tall, along sections along the Georgian Trail that most need an enhanced tree canopy due to ash tree removal or other existing gaps. 

The Trail is one of the region’s most important recreation assets. This new program will enhance the beauty of this unique multi-use route, while also helping to expand our tree canopy, for long-term ecological and climate change benefits.

Trees were planted on the Georgian Trail to the east and west of Christie Beach Road. Cedars, Junipers, American Elm, Swamp White Oak, Northern Catalpa and Bitternut Hickory were chosen as most suitable for this location

2024 Update!

In 2024, 65 new trees were planted tree was near the Camperdown Road area of Georgian Trail. The variety of trees include Freeman Maple, Ironwood, Bur Oak, Chinquapin Oak, American Basswood and American Elm, black cedars and white spruce

Saplings on the Trail

In June of 2022, 100 volunteers supported by town staff planted over 600 tree seedlings along the Georgian Trail. They planted cedars, white pines, red oaks and native shrubs near Northwinds

Beach and at the 10th line. “There has been strong synergy and benefit from the Town of The Blue Mountains, Treetrust TBM and Thornbury Clarksburg Rotary working together on this first-of-its-kind effort. Water tanks remained in place for community watering, strengthening community engagement with local tree preservation.

Trees in Parks

Nipissing Ridge was funded by Tree Canada and Tree Trust worked with the Town of Blue Mountains on a project planting trees and shrubs in an area of park with no trees

The Town of The Blue Mountains worked with Tree Trust TBM and Arboreal Tree Care Professionals on the proposal submission, and closely with Tree Trust on the logistics and implementation of the professional tree planting component and for the community planting event. Tree Trust in particular was a key partner and was instrumental to ensuring the project was successful. Arboreal Tree Care works often with Tree Trust as a service provider to provide preventative care for mature/heritage trees designated for protection and provides the project with expert advice to ensure appropriate species were selected, testing of the berm soil and designing the planting site for the proposal submission, and professional installation of the larger tree stock.

Twenty-nine new trees planted across Heritage Park and Delpi Point Park

Heritage Park: A group of children danced around all of the nine newly planted trees – sending each one off to a good start.

In 2022 Tree Trust TBM and Arboreal Tree Care Professionals planted eight-foot-tall trees to continue increasing their tree canopy. A team of volunteers completed the important finishing tasks, delivering wheelbarrow loads of compost and mulch and buckets of water to each tree. Earlier that spring volunteers from Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary and Treetrust TBM took the trees when they were “bare root”, planted them temporarily in pots, and kept them watered while in storage at Tomahawk Park.

Delphi Point Park: Volunteers apply mulch and compost to twenty newly planted trees.

Our Native Seed Nursery

2024- Update! Trees are getting bigger at the Native Tree Nursery. We have planted out six basswood trees into the community from our nursery. We have eight more trees that are ready to go and 47 trees that are further sizing up in the nursery. Thanks to our very dedicated volunteer nursery manager – weeding and watering these trees all summer long! This summer 2024, we will be relocating and expanding the nursery to a more favourable site!

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 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.

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.

To contact Town of the Blue Mountains Tree Trust, email: [email protected] or call (519)-599-7798.

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.

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