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PETITION Ontario Tree Seed Facility


MNRF Minister Kathryn McGarry announced August 23 that the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus was closing in a year. This was a a total shock to those who work to increase the number of trees on our landscape. There had been zero consultation. This is an industry that plans on a multi-year cycle, not one year ahead.
Among those who have written to McGarry urging her to reconsider, and explaining the vital service the OTSP performs in collecting, processing, storing and tracking our native tree seed are: Sean Fox, University of Guelph Arboretum; Dave Harbec, Somerville Seedlings; Ed Patchell, Ferguson Forest Centre; Barb Boyson, Forest Gene Conservation Association; Rob Keen of Forests Ontario, Anne Bell, Ontario Nature; Joyce Chau, EcoSpark; Debbe Crandall, STORM; and Amber Ellis, Earthroots.
This is a petition -- https://www.change.org/p/kathleen-wynne-save-the-ontario-tree-seed-facility -- started by AWARE Essa and the Friends of the Utopia Mill and Park. They’re aiming for 10,000 signatures to get McGarry’s attention. They think she has no idea of the implications of the closing. Please help! Sign and share with your networks.



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