Tree Canada is extending its Operation ReLeaf initiative by providing more than $200,000 in new funding to help replace trees damaged or destroyed by invasive insects.
The Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program, launched in 2010, provides funding to homeowners, private landowners, and municipalities for the replacement of trees affected by the mountain pine beetle. The destructive pest first arrived in west-central Alberta in July 2006 when strong winds carried the insects 400 kilometres from central B.C. The beetle attacks all pine species, most notably lodgepole pine, the provincial tree of Alberta.
Details on how to apply for the Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program can be found online.
Tree Canada is also providing funding for combating emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle which has devastated thousands of trees across eastern Ontario and western Quebec. The not-for-profit charitable organization is also planning a program to help reforest areas impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfire. — Tree Canada release