Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc. (T43D) is an incorporated not-for-profit organization registered in 2013 to help communities implement large-scale large-caliper tree planting projects. These projects provide an opportunity for broad based community engagement in cost-effective tree planting that will enhance the environment and leave an immediate, highly visible, and long lasting legacy. Our innovative tree planting techniques and our low attrition rates have demonstrated that properly supported volunteers can successfully plant large trees in projects that will have a major impact on their community.
T43D was created as a response to requests from community groups in London, Ontario and from other municipalities in Southern Ontario for help in implementing similar projects to the Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program (VMPCP). The VMPCP is a highly successful public-private community based landscaping project begun in 2011 along a major access route into London, Ontario.
Community Tree Planting Made Easy. Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc. will help broad-based community groups develop their neighbourhoods through tree planting projects.
There are many great ideas to enhance the environment and improve communities through tree planting. However there are many technical details that go into a successful implementation of a tree planting project that can seem overwhelming to a group of well-meaning volunteers. Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc. (T43D) will assist with those technical details allowing the group to focus on the goals of the project and to rally the support of the community. T43D’s team of experts will help with:
- Project design and implementation planning
- Obtaining permits and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations
- Fund-raising, especially contacts with foundations, government grants, and corporate sponsors
- Administrative support including reporting requirements to funding agencies
- Material acquisition both of trees and planting materials
- Equipment and tools
- Access to a base of professional and community volunteers
- Volunteer training in highly successful tree planting techniques
- Planting Day event management
- Development of an After-Care and Tree monitoring program
Board of Directors
Many of the individuals who are making the VMPCP such as success are also involved the creation and development of Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc.
Barry A. Sandler, B.A., B.Ed. – Executive Director
Founder & Executive Director, Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program
Michael Leach, B.Sc., PEng. – Director & Board Chairman
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Steelway Building Systems
Cam D. Cunningham – Director & Board Secretary
Business Development, Pipesak Inc.
Sandra E. Savage, M.S.W. – Director & Board Treasurer
Mental Health Lead, Supervisor Professional Support Staff, London District Catholic School Board
Michelle Peer Meng, B.A.Sc. – Director
Branch Manager, Masonville Branch, BMO Bank of Montreal
Vanessa Kinsley – Director
Tania Testa – Founder, and Marketing and Communications Advisor
Manager, Communications, Thames Valley District School Board
Paul R. Gagnon – Environmental Horticulturist and Tree Advisor
President, Tunpetti Corp
Greg Patterson, B.Sc.(Agr), C.C.A.(Mi) – Agronomist & Soil and Soil Testing Advisor
President, A & L Canada
Craig Ingram – Arborist, and After-Care Advisor
President, Lanktree Tree Service
Larry Fleet – Landscaping Equipment Advisor and Scouts Canada Liaison
Owner, Patcon Landscaping
Colleen G. McCauley, Hons. BA – Marketing & Communications Advisor
Owner, Earth to Business Marketing
Sommer Foster MFC, BSc (Biology)
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