Blais delivers on environmental stewardship pledge

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Stephen Blais planting a tree

New trees being planted across Cumberland Ward

Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to deliver on another commitment by securing additional tree planting in Orléans and throughout Cumberland Ward. This includes tree planting in parks, at City facilities, and along streets.

“I’m proud to continue to deliver on my commitment on improving the natural environment in Orléans and Cumberland,” says Councillor Blais. “With suburban lots sizes decreasing, trees continue to bring some privacy and fresh air into our everyday lives,” adds Blais.

The city will be replacing over 125 trees mainly located on residential right-of-ways, but also in parks, along pathways, and roads.

“Our tree canopy is not only important for aesthetics but also the health of our community,” says Councillor Blais. “Healthy trees keep our community cooler, less dusty, allow for less storm water runoff and provide other numerous environmental benefits,” he adds.

The City of Ottawa has a variety of forestry planning initiatives offered year round to most residents. People can have a tree dedicated in memory of a love one through a commemorative naming; they can suggest a tree be planted at a location throughout the city; households can also find out how to have a tree planted in front of their home through Trees in Trust. There is also a schoolyard tree planting grant program, and a Green Acres program – Ottawa’s rural reforestation program.

To find out more or to take part in the options above, check out

“Last year we planted hundreds of trees throughout Cumberland Ward,” says Councillor Blais. “I look forward to continuing to improve the environment in which we live and raise our families,” he adds.

Canadian Environment Week takes place the first week of June.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species that has infected and destroyed much of Ottawa’s older tree canopy. Residents are encouraged to report sick or dying trees to 3-1-1 immediately to avoid falling limbs or the spread of the insect.