South Nation Conservation (SNC) works closely with its 16 partner municipalities to deliver environmental services that protect people and property from natural hazards, support sustainable development, and protect and enhance the local environment. With support from the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG), 542 native trees and shrubs will be planted alongside County roadways this month throughout parts of North Dundas, North Stormont and South Glengarry.

“There are many benefits to having trees along roadsides” explained Cheyene Brunet, SNC Forestry Technician. “They absorb and filter roadside runoff, serve as natural windbreaks, provide habitat and food for wildlife, and reduce noise pollution,” she added.

SNC delivers this program on behalf of the SDG Counties and is responsible for ordering stock, planting, maintenance, refilling and monitoring these sites until they can grow on their own. New sites are selected by SNC and County staff each year. The addition of this year’s 5 sites will bring the total to 32 roadside tree planting projects across SDG since the collaboration began in 2010.

“Programs such as these contribute to enhancing public spaces and local forest cover, while leaving a natural legacy for future generations” said Brunet. SNC also works with local landowners by offering a variety of tree order subsidies for planting in idle land, farm fields and along watercourses. Over-the-counter coniferous and deciduous tree sales are also available for smaller orders and are accepted year-round.

In total, SNC has planted over 3.2 million trees across its 4,384 square-kilometer jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario since 1990.

“This year alone we’ve planted over 140,000 trees through our forestry programs, municipal and community partnerships, tree giveaways and planting events,” said Brunet. “Our sights are already set on enhancing the local landscape throughout the 2020 planting season.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Cheyene Brunet, SNC Forestry Technician,
1-877-984-2948, [email protected].