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Canadian Tree Nursery Association launches to spearhead forest restoration initiatives

October 27, 2023  By CFI Staff

The Canadian Tree Nursery Association/Association Canadienne des Pépinières Forestières (CTNA-ACPF) was launched on Oct. 26, bringing together all major growers of tree seedlings dedicated to forest restoration initiatives across Canada.

The new trade association based in Huntsville, Ont., represents 50 nurseries and over 90 per cent of current Canadian tree seedling production. It aims to increase production, enhance collaboration, drive innovation and promote sustainable practices in the tree nursery sector. CTNA-ACPF was unveiled at the 2023 Atlantic Nursery Conference.

As the value of tree planting and demand for forest restoration continues to grow, so will the demand for native tree seedlings. CTNA-ACPF will play a pivotal role in advancing the efforts of Canadian tree nurseries to meet this demand. Through collective action and sharing best practices, CTNA-ACPF members will ensure the appropriate supply of high-quality tree seedlings to successfully restore our nation’s forests.

“All major growers in the tree seedling sector recognize the need for a unified voice and shared expertise to address our industry’s challenges and opportunities,” stated Mike Downing, board chair.


“CTNA-ACPF will be a collaborative network that pools resources, exchanges knowledge, and advocates for the vital role of tree nurseries in forest restoration programs – including the 2 Billion Tree program.”

CTNA-ACPF members are tree nurseries from coast to coast to coast that each produce over one million seedlings per year for the purpose of forest restoration. Each member has significant expertise and commitment to growing quality seedlings, while supporting local economies through rural jobs and providing planting stock to the forestry sector.

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