Restore a Forest Affected by Tornadoes in Ottawa-Gatineau

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How Do I Take Action? Your donation plants trees uprooted by the tornadoes in Ottawa-Gatineau to restore the community’s green landscapes.

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On Friday September 21 2018, Ottawa-Gatineau was badly affected by two tornadoes, reaching speeds of up to 265 km/h. Many trees were uprooted and around 1,000 properties were damaged, leaving 200,000 residents without power. #OperationReLeaf - Ottawa-Gatineau provides funding to homeowners and land owners to replace trees uprooted by the tornadoes. For more than twenty five years, Tree Canada has engaged communities, governments, corporations, and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians. They provide Canadians with education, technical expertise, and the resources to plant and care for urban and rural trees. They’ve planted more than 82 million trees and greened more than 660 schoolyards and 1,100 urban areas across the country.

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Maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity is essential for Earth and all living things. With many urban trees uprooted, less carbon is being sequestered from the atmosphere. Urban forests absorb air pollution from the atmosphere and lower the air temperature, making cities more inhabitable for both humans and animals. They provide shelter and food to animals and insects, increasing plant and animal biodiversity. Research has also shown that urban forests play a big role in human psychology. Green communities lead to lower heart rates, lower blood pressure and lower stress levels, and elevate people’s mental health.

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  • The tornado surprised meteorologists and the residents of Ottawa-Gatineau
  • Research suggests that climate change could increase frequency of tornadoes due to a rise in favourable tornado-conditions
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Your impact donation is helping to achieve the below Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations.

  • SDG3 Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG13 Climate Action
  • SDG15 Life on Land


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Tree Canada

We are committed to creating a greener, healthier and greater Canada by supporting and restoring our incredible environment. Our programs are focused on greening communities and protecting urban forests, restoring forests, biodiversity and wildlife habitats, promoting carbon offsetting and helping communities recover from natural disasters and pests. We have engaged communities, governments, corporations and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians.

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🇨🇦 Ottawa, Ontario
Restore a Forest Affected by Tornadoes in Ottawa-Gatineau
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