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Field advisor Wade Knight and Azra Fazal from Forests Ontario

Plan before you plant: Start your site plans for Spring this Fall!

 The 50 Million Tree Program works with landowners to finance and plan tree planting

Thinking of tree planting next spring? Fall planning brings spring planting! Forests Ontario and its planting partners want to remind landowners that fall is the most opportune time for planning next spring’s planting activities.

Tree planting is an excellent way to increase the value of your property and make a positive contribution to environmental health. Forests Ontario offers funding assistance for tree planting through the 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP), providing the benefits of tree planting at a reduced cost. Eligible landowners may receive from 75 to 90 per cent coverage of total planting costs through the program.

The 50MTP has been designed to make the tree planting process as easy as possible for landowners. If your property has at least one hectare (2.5 acres) of open land available for tree planting, all you have to do is register! A Forests Ontario representative or planting agency will contact you to confirm your eligibility and determine the best approach for you and your property. Whether you’re interested in improving your farming operation, creating wildlife habitat, increasing your property value, leaving a legacy for future generations, or helping to fight climate change, planting through the 50MTP can help you achieve your goals.

According to Wade Knight, Field Advisor with Forests Ontario, planning your tree planting project carefully is an important way to protect your investment. “A successful planting project requires a properly prepared site, good planting stock, tree species matched to the site and soils, and a plan to care for the seedlings after planting,” explains Knight. Forests Ontario makes the planning process as convenient as possible by connecting landowners with the tools, expertise, and resources needed for success. Fall is the best time for a site visit.

Through the 50MTP, you are able to improve your property while helping the Government of Ontario reach its goal of planting 50 million trees by 2025. To learn more about this program, visit us online at www.forestsontario.ca or contact our Forestry Program Manager, Stephanie Burns, at 1.877.646.1193 ext. 222 or [email protected].

Apply this fall to begin planting next spring!

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