Links Community Groups etc.

Community Groups


10,000 Trees for the Rouge is a volunteer, non-profit group dedicated to restoring natural habitat within the Rouge Valley, located on the northeastern outskirts of Toronto. We organize a public one-day tree planting each year during Earth Week. Each planting attracts about 1,500 volunteers. In 2008 we had over 2,000! Since 1989, our volunteers have helped to restore over 150 acres of fragile watershed land. Our plantings protect creeks and streams in the Rouge watershed from soil erosion, helping to link existing islands of forest and extending wildlife corridors. 

Champlain Oaks   is a volunteer group of neighbours, honoured to share our community with these magnificent old-growth giants, and dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and restoring the historic Oak forest in Ottawa’s West end.

Davis Creek Planning Team  Objectives To work together to achieve our goals for a better community,To engage and create an active and responsive link between residents, service providers and others involved in the Davis Creek Community, To encourage residents’ participation in the Davis Creek Community, and To be a voice in the neighbourhood for the Davis Creek Community.

Ecology Ottawa   Hard surfaces, such as driveways, parking lots, and buildings interrupt the natural water cycle by preventing rain water from soaking into the ground and creating heat sinks, warming up our cities. By removing pavement and replacing it with native plants, trees and shrubs we are increasing the infiltration rate, recharging our groundwater supply, and cooling our neighbourhoods.

Essex County Nature 

Green Belt -Value of Rouge Park-Priceless-Suzuki Foundation Report

Friends of Rouge National Urban Park

Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital works with community organizations and individuals to preserve and enhance natural areas in the National Capital area, including public and private green spaces, wetlands and waterways. – sends written comments and makes presentations to all levels of government to protect and preserve greenspace. The Alliance has assisted in the efforts to save Orleans Quarry Forest, Leitrim Wetlands, Hull’s Leamy Lake Park, the Kanata Highlands, the Carp River Flood Plain and many other areas. 

Greenup  Kawartha Lakes Region 

Greening Niagara 

Harbord Village Resident’s Association  has undertaken many programs to help restore the local tree canopy, including a 2 year tree intentory. The Treeing the Village initiative has enabled HVRA to track and act proactively on one of the most beautiful features of Harbord Village: its wonderful canopy of mature trees.

Halton Peel Woodlands and Wildlife Stewardship

Huron Stewardship Council  is a community based organization that is seeking to promote responsible resource stewardship through networking, cooperation and collaboration of efforts between various organizations and individuals in Huron County.

Oakville Green is Oakville’s largest residents’ association that has been working for over a decade to protect our environment, promote sustainable planning and make sure that new development pays for itself.

Orangeville Sustainability Action Team  (OSAT) assists in the development, implementation and promotion of environmentally sustainable practices within the Town.

Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee (OFGAC) Native Trees Database. The database provides information about trees native to the Ottawa area. It is hoped this information will encourage the planting of native trees since they are adpated to local conditions

Reforest London is a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with our community to enhance environmental and human health in the Forest City, through the benefits of trees. Reforest London’s mission is to empower community groups, businesses, and individuals to plant and care for trees; to improve London’s environmental health through planting trees and shrubs in natural areas, parks, yards and along streets.

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Landowners Resource  RVCA is a one-window information shop for landowners. The LRC is where you can get accurate, impartial, user-friendly information on forestry, agriculture, wildlife, water, soil and any land management issues. 

Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association   is grass roots, a not-for-profit organization that is focused on large-scale, community based efforts to rehabilitate aquatic ecosystems on Manitoulin Island, in central Ontario. We bring the entire community together to do this via joint private and public driven initiatives.

Mississauga Residents Associations Network The MIRANET website has been established to track important City-wide issues and support communication. This developing website is a window into the goals and activities of the network, and an index to major issues. Not only is the website designed to provide citizen-oriented support for residents’ groups, but it is evolving to be a resource for any resident of the City looking to join, or even start, a residents’ association.

Oakville Green is Oakville’s largest residents’ association that has been working for over a decade to protect our environment, promote sustainable planning and make sure that new development pays for itself.

Regenesis is a community environmental organization that focuses on university campuses. We have chapters at universities across Ontario. Regenesis is working with various university stakeholders to develop a number of green social enterprises related to the environment, food and cycling.

York Region Environmental Alliance 

Tree Education Research & Resources

Alabama Co-operative Extension System

The Canadian Urban Forest Network

Forest Gene Conservation Association 

Humber College Urban Arboriculture

Landowner Resource Centre (RVCA) LRC is a one-window information shop for landowners. The LRC is where you can get accurate, impartial, user-friendly information on forestry, agriculture, wildlife, water, soil and any land management issues. We have the information all under one roof. 

Natural Resources Canada Trees Insects and Diseases Trees, insects and diseases of Canada’s forests (TIDCF) is a database that provides information on more than 200 native tree and shrub species, and on almost 300 insects and 200 diseases found in Canada’s forests. In the database you will find images, information and descriptions provided by the Canadian Forest Service specialists and research scientists. In addition to the search tool, a variety of identification tools are available to help you find a specific insect, disease, tree or shrub.

Ontario’s Natural Selections The MNR has compiled Ontario’s seed Zones by combining information on Ontario’s climatic diversity with information on genetic adaptation in trees. Ensure that the seed source of your planting stock is from the same zone as the planting site.

Society of Ecological Restoration SER Ontario (SERO) is part of an international organization committed to the ecologically sensitive repair and management of ecosystems. SER’s mission is to promote the practice of ecological restoration and provide educational opportunities and materials for members and for the community at large.

University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry The Faculty of Forestry is a unified body of interdisciplinary, diverse, dedicated and innovative natural, engineering and social scientists.The Faculty of Forestry is on the leading edge of research in: forest conservation science, forest ecosystem management, forest governance and policy, biomass utilization for sustainable bio-based materials and chemical products

Regional Urban Forest Community Groups


 Leaf   LEAF is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Leaf offers programs in the GTA that will help you plant, care and give. 


Miscellaneous Links

Bumble Bee Watch

Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. This citizen science project allows for individuals to: Upload photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection, Identify the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts. Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees. Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees. Learn about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and Connect with other citizen scientists.

 Canadian Urban forest Network CUFN  The Canadian Urban Forest Network is a pan-Canadian action group who speaks for Canada’s urban forests. The Network is composed of municipal foresters, provincial and federal environmental and natural resource agencies, professional organizations, business associations, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, and community groups.

Citizen’s Environmental Alliance The Citizens Environment Alliance (CEA) is a non-profit, grass-roots, international, education and research organization. We are committed to an ecosystem approach to environmental planning and management. The CEA was formed in 1985 by citizens concerned about spills from the (Sarnia) Chemical Valley into the St. Clair River (the Toxic blob), and how those spills affected the region’s drinking water. Later, the CEA began to focus on the questions of toxins in the Great Lakes, as well as air quality throughout the transboundary area.

Friends of Rouge National Urban Park  A small group calling themselves Friends of the Rouge National Urban Park have re-constituted themselves as a group to help along the establishment and operation of ROUGE NATIONAL URBAN PARK as it was agreed to be by the City of Toronto, City of Markham, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, and community groups and individuals.

Lost Rivers  The objective of Lost River Walks is to encourage understanding of the city as a part of nature rather than apart from it, and to appreciate and cherish our heritage. Lost River Walks aims to create an appreciation of the city’s intimate connection to its water systems by tracing the courses of forgotten streams, by learning about our natural and built heritage and by sharing this information with others.

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive  The mission of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is to: Propagate the world’s most important old growth trees before they are gone. Archive the genetics of ancient trees in living libraries around the world for the future. Reforest the Earth with the offspring of these trees to provide the myriad of beneficial ecosystem services essential for all life forms to thrive including releasing oxygen, sequestering carbon dioxide, providing beneficial aerosols and medicines: essentially a global warming solution.

State Foresters  Established in 1920, the National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, territories and the District of Columbia of the United States. State foresters manage and protect state and private forests, which encompass two-thirds of the nation’s forests. State forestry agencies in cooperation with federal agencies are the primary delivery system for forestry activities.

 TRCA Toronto Region Conservation Authority Mission: To work with our partners to ensure that The Living City is built on a natural foundation of healthy rivers and shorelines, greenspace and biodiversity, and sustainable communities. – See more at:

Back to Nature Network  Back to Nature Network is a diverse and growing group of organizations uniting to build capacity to connect children, youth and families with nature in ongoing and meaningful ways.

Ancient Forest Alliance  Is a British Columbian organization working to protect the endangered old-growth forests of BC and to ensure sustainable forestry jobs in the province. It was founded in January of 2010 and is run by BC environmental activists Ken Wu, TJ Watt, Joan Varley, and Hannah Carpendale.

Forests Ontario A merge of OFA Ontario Forestry Association & Trees Ontario. Forests Ontario is dedicated to the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests. Forests Ontario was created as a result of the merger of two not-for-profit organizations: Trees Ontario and the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA).  Forests Ontario will take forest renewal efforts to new heights, encouraging and supporting landowners in their efforts to plant and manage their forests, and creating a strong public presence advocating for abundant, healthy and sustainable forests.

Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund  How not-for-profit organizations, First Nations and Métis communities can get a government grant for local projects that help protect and restore the Great Lakes. Eligible projects: To qualify, your project must have a direct environmental benefit and support at least 1 of the 3 goals. Goal 1: protect water quality for human and ecological health. Examples to meet this goal include: strengthening riverbanks to reduce erosion students restoring wetlands to manage storm water runoff building fences to keep livestock out of waterways helping property owners maintain septic systems Goal 2: improve wetlands, beaches and coastal areas Examples to meet this goal include: youth planting native grasses to restore sand dunes rehabilitating coastal wetlands by restoring fish habitats organizing community events to clean-up shorelines restoring wetlands using traditional ecological knowledge Goal 3: protect habitats and species. Examples to meet this goal include:students planting trees to provided shaded habitats along shorelines creating habitats for wetland wildlife restoring traditional harvesting areas by planting native species creating fish spawning beds.

Heritage Tree Foundation- Alberta’s Heritage Trees   The Heritage Tree Foundation of Canada was formed in September 2002 to develop the Alberta Heritage Tree Project. The Mandate of the HTF is to To facilitate and promote stewardship and conservation of trees as an integral part of nature’s ecosystem. To foster knowledge and awareness of the role trees play in Canada’s natural history.To foster knowledge and awareness about the cultural aspects of tree heritage. To provide programs and information, that supports stewardship, conservation, knowledge and awareness of trees.

Maple Leaves Forever  We are charitable foundation called the Maple Leaves Forever Foundation (MLF), Registration No. 875341927 that advocates and supports the planting of native Canadian maples in increasing numbers across the rural and urban landscape of southern Ontario. We own a woodlot in the township of Mulmur in Dufferin County north of Orangeville.

Ontario Invasive Plant Council  The OIPC is a non-profit, multi-agency organization founded in April 2007 by a group of individuals and organizational representatives who saw the need for a coordinated provincial response to the growing threat of invasive plants. The OIPC contracts its business office support from one of the OIPC Board member organizations, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. We currently have two staff, located in the OFAH building in Peterborough.

Ontario Professional Foresters Association  the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) is responsible for regulating the practice of professional forestry in Ontario and anyone legally practicing professional forestry in Ontario must be a member. As part of this responsibility, the Association has an ongoing obligation to increase public awareness regarding the role of the Association and its Members.

  National Organizations

My Tree  provides a short list of native trees of Canada and their hardiness zones to allow Canadians to select a suitable tree for their environment.

Depave Paradise  By removing pavement and replacing it with native plants, trees and shrubs we are increasing the infiltration rate, recharging our groundwater supply, and cooling our neighbourhoods. Depave Paradise is a project of Green Communities Canada and our local partners in nine communities where volunteers and neighbourhoods have been (or will soon be!) removing unwanted pavement and planting gardens filled with native species in its place. 

 Evergreen  We believe we can solve even the most pressing urban environmental issues by bringing diverse people together, inspiring them with possibilities and engaging them in identifying solutions and taking action. The need has never been more urgent. To help create greener, more sustainable cities, we focus on four key areas: Greenspace, Children, Food and CityWorks

The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada  JGI does not believe in band-aid solutions; our programs provide the tools, resources and training to empower Canadians to be global citizens who create innovative solutions to address conservation and community development issues. The Roots & Shoots program supports educators and youth program facilitators in leading youth through a process of creating holistic, long-term change in their own communities.

The International Society of Arboriculture THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF ARBORICULTURE (ISA) enjoys a rich heritage as a scientific and educational organization with a primary mission to disseminate information and knowledge in the care and preservation of trees. The Ontario Chapter sits consistently at 600-700 members, while the international membership is over 20,000, divided into almost 50 chapters and associate organizations worldwide – the world’s largest such organization. There are currently over 500 ISA Certified Arborists in Ontario and more than 25,000 worldwide.

 Trees are Good is an educational website providing homeowners and other tree owners with reliable information regarding the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in an urban environment. Consumers have a responsibility to care for the trees at their homes and in our communities to ensure sustainability. This website is intended to equip consumers with the ability to recognize the value of trees, the need for proper tree care, and the benefits of trees to the environment. It provides the information necessary for consumers to make informed decisions when hiring tree care providers.