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(VIDEO) Wilson presents petition to keep Tree Seed Plant open to legislature

(April 19, 2018) –MPP Jim Wilson continues to introduce petitions from concerned citizens encouraging the provincial government to keep the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus open.

“I want to thank Charles Bruce-Thompson, president of the Toronto Field Naturalists, for sending me this petition,” said Wilson. “It’s entitled: Wynne: Save Ontario’s Tree Seed Facility and Seed Bank.”

The Liberal government announced the closure of the Tree Seed Plant in September of 2017. The decision was made without any consultation with the industry.

Since the announcement, Wilson has continued to hear concerns about the closure from constituents working in the industry.

The petition reads:

“To Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

Whereas the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is closing the Ontario Tree Seed Facility in September 2018;

“Whereas both public and private sector forest restoration experts have disagreed with the internal government decision and have expressed their concern;

Whereas Ontario’s forest restoration practitioners had expected that the MNRF seed services would not only continue, but be enhanced, in service to Ontario’s forests, which face the triple threats of overdevelopment, invasive alien species and climate change;

Whereas this decision is in opposition to other Canadian and global jurisdictions who support seed processing and banking as an essential social service to help forests adapt to climate change;

We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

That the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry take immediate action to put on hold any actions on the closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Facility and begin a comprehensive public review to explore innovative ways to revitalize government support for native tree seed services, as per the Ontario Tree Seed Coalition’s letter to Minister Kathryn McGarry dated October 13, 2017.”

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