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Tree Planting and Webcast Mark International Year of Forests

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The new sugar maple receives a good watering. Left to right: MP Royal Galipeau; Mike Rosen, President of Tree Canada; the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources; and Elizabeth McCrea, the museum's Director of Communications and Marketing.

The Canadian Museum of Nature celebrated the 2011 International Year of Forests in September with two events in partnership with Tree Canada.

On September 21, 2011, a new sugar maple (Acer saccharum) was planted on the museum's east lawn to mark Canada's first National Tree Day.

This commemorative day received consent from the House of Commons on March 3, 2011, in a motion presented by MP Royal Galipeau. Galipeau was present to join the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources; Mike Rosen, the President of Tree Canada; museum staff and other dignitaries for a ceremonial plaque unveiling.

Tree plantings also took place across the country at other venues, including sites for the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. The Canadian Museum of Nature has been a member of this national network since 2003.

The next day, on September 22, the museum and Tree Canada hosted a forum and webcast about the state of Canada's forests. Working Trees: The Future of Our Forests featured a moderated discussion with Mark Hubert of the Forest Products Association of Canada and Faisal Moola of the David Suzuki Foundation. About 180 students from the National Capital Region attended in person, while others participated online.
 

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Tarin Rogers (left), a Grade 8 student from Ottawa's St-Laurent Academy, joins dignitaries to unveil the National Tree Day ceremonial plaque on the museum's east lawn.