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Provincial election will determine tree seed plant's ending

Book tells tale of Ontario Tree Seed Plant, located in Angus
2022-05-12 The Tree Seed Plant book
The ending of The Tree Seed Plant still needs to be written.

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FRIENDS OF THE UTOPIA GRIST MILL AND PARK
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A new book has been released with an ending that still needs to be written.

It will be Ontario’s political candidates who will decide on the ending for The Tree Seed Plant. Will this important ecotourism and community development asset be saved, as proposed by the community? Or, will the “for sale” sign be posted after the Ontario election on June 2?

The Tree Seed Plant tells the story of the near-100-year-old Ontario Tree Seed Plant, a provincial property. It shares the efforts of the community, environmental groups and forest industry stakeholders to save this valuable community asset.

Located in Simcoe County, the Ontario Tree Seed Plant has been long recognized as a world leader in tree seed collection, processing and distribution; biodiversity preservation; and reforestation.

The property is ideal as a viable centre for ecotourism, featuring both state-of-the-art as well as heritage infrastructure. It can serve as a showcase for many local natural resources, such as the Minesing Wetlands and Nottawasaga River. But the Ontario Tree Seed Plant’s purpose and history can tell us so much more. The site has been responsible for billions of tree seeds, which have grown into Ontario’s current tree population — both rural and urban.

The beautifully illustrated story builds on the actions taken by the community to stop the sale of the property. And, it shares the local dream of turning it into a centre for ecotourism, community development and local job creation.

The story’s conclusion will be determined at the polls on June 2, and so a happy ending is not out of reach.

To learn more and get a copy of The Tree Seed Plant, contact Stephanie McCann at 705-737-9821, Susan Antler at 416-670-0510 or by email at plant@utopia.ca.

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