South Nation Conservation (SNC) is partnering with its 16 member municipalities to give free trees to residents from across its 4,384 square-kilometer jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario.

Each of SNC’s member municipalities will be hosting tree giveaway events in their communities within the coming weeks to distribute free trees provided by SNC to local residents to help reinforce a local commitment to improving forest cover.

A variety of seedling and potted stock species are available while supplies last, including: White Pine, White Spruce, Balsam Fir, Maple, Cedar, Red Oak and Dogwood.

“Trees provide many unique benefits; they add aesthetic appeal, provide shade and help property value,” said John Mesman, SNC’s Communications Lead. “Plus, planting trees is a great way to protect and enhance local forest cover and reduce erosion along watercourses.”

In 2018, SNC published a report on “Protecting and Increasing Forest Cover in the South Nation Conservation Jurisdiction” following two years of review and consultation with local stakeholder working groups.

Recommendations from the report include partnering with municipalities to sponsor tree giveaways and increasing subsidies for planting sites along farm fields and watercourses; SNC received over 147,500 subsidized tree orders for this year’s spring planting season, bringing the total amount of trees planted by SNC to 3.2 million since 1990.

“We will continue to work with our 16 member municipalities to protect and restore the local environment and protect people and property from natural hazards through hands-on initiatives like tree planting.”

Please visit the SNC events calendar at for a complete list of upcoming tree giveaways in your community.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kelsey Smith, Stewardship and Outreach Assistant, 1-877-984-2948 ext. 313, [email protected].


Upcoming Tree Giveaway Dates:

  • April 23, City of Ottawa (Osgoode):
    • Metcalfe Town Hall, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • April 26, South Stormont:
    • Mayor’s Breakfast (Community Hall), 7:30 – 9:30 am
  • April 27, Augusta:
    • Grenville Fish & Game Club, 12:00 pm
  • April 27, The Nation:
    • Municipal Office, 9:30 am
  • April 27, North Dundas:
    • Business Expo (Joel Steele Community Centre in Winchester),
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • April 27, Champlain:
    • Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market and Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute,
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • April 27, South Dundas:
    • Iroquois Village Plaza, Morrisburg Village Plaza, Dunbar Recreation Centre, Brinston General Store and across from the Williamsburg Meat Market,
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • May 4, Russell:
    • Russell Municipal Garage, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • May 4, City of Ottawa (Cumberland):
    • Francois Dupuis Recreational Centre, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • May 4, Clarence-Rockland:
    • Municipal Office (Rockland), 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • May 7, North Stormont:
    • SNC Head Office (Finch), 1:00 – 6:00 pm
  • May 11, Casselman:
    • JR Complex, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • May 18, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal:
    • Spencerville Fire Station, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • May 18, Alfred and Plantagenet:
    • Town Hall, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm