In Canada, National Tree Day takes place on the Wednesday of National Forest Week in September. Today, September 22 we are celebrating trees! Originally, we wanted to celebrate by giving back to the trees at EcoHouse but the rain has us indoors thanking the trees for all the hard work they do in rain! Depending on the species, leaf size and height, trees can keep water from entering the stormwater system through evapotranspiration (sum of water evaporation and transpiration from a surface) or interception (water that does not reach the soil).
“Urban trees play an important role in absorbing stormwater runoff, as mature trees intercept 25 to 35 percent of the rainwater that falls on them”
So let’s learn what we can do in the meantime to celebrate National Tree Day!
- Read our blogs about trees! Including the issues of tree inequity, how trees support our lives, Hamilton’s Urban Forest Strategy, easy guide to tree identification and more!
- Sign up for our virtual education programs to learn more about urban forestry
- If you would like to learn and explore Richmond Hill’s biodiversity on National Tree Day! Sign up for LEAF’s virtual workshop.
- Follow other tree loving organizations:
- Trees for Hamilton, Environment Hamilton, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Hamilton Naturalist’s Club, Conserver Society of Hamilton & District Inc, CanPlant, LEAF, Unflood Ontario, Ontario Urban Forest Council, Forest Ontario, Green Infrastructure Ontario, Carolinian Canada, Trees Canada, Canadian Institute of Forestry, Green Communities Canada
- Consider growing your own urban forest, check out our tree starting kits from last spring! Stay tuned for more acorns!
- Not ready to start from seed? Get a sapling!
- Enter our Communi-Tree Contest
- Free Street Tree Program at the City of Hamilton
- Trees Please from Environment Hamilton
- Enter the Great PawPaw Parade from Carolinian Canada
- Check out local tree nurseries and suppliers:
- Join Environment Hamilton’s Tree Plantings (Saturday, September 25 and Saturday, October 16)
- Join us Saturday, October 2nd to plant Hamilton’s first tiny forest
Previous Tree Planting Events:
- Fall 2020, 300 trees at King / Pottruff
- Fall 2020, 7 trees at EcoHouse
- Spring 2021, 25 trees at Hamilton Mountain Mosque
- Fall 2021, 250 trees at King / Nash