South Nation Conservation (SNC) is reminding property owners from across its 4,441 square-kilometer watershed jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario that now is the time to plan for spring 2021 tree planting projects!
SNC is currently booking site visits and accepting orders for locally sourced native trees and shrubs offered at reduced rates through a variety of planting programs administered by the Conservation Authority.
Residents interested in smaller planting projects can order a minimum of 100 tree seedlings over the counter from SNC. A full list of species remains available and the price per seedling can be as low as $0.58 depending on the species.
Property owners with larger open planting areas of at least 1 acre can receive considerable cost savings by purchasing trees from SNC through the 50 Million Tree Program, offered in partnership by SNC and Forests Ontario. The program provides seedlings, planting, site preparation, and tending for $0.25 per tree for conifers and $0.55 per tree for deciduous.
SNC also offers subsidies for one-acre tree plantings along farm fields and watercourses to help reduce erosion, protect water quality, and increase forest cover.
“Spring is right around the corner, and free site visits need to be scheduled this fall to be eligible for tree planting subsidies,” says Cheyene Brunet, SNC Forestry Technician. “It’s really important to start the process now and book a free consultation today!”
Since 1990, SNC has planted over 3.4 million trees across the local landscape thanks to municipal and community partnerships; and over 160,000 trees were planted by SNC in 2020.
The Conservation Authority has its eyes set on the 2021 planting season as it aims to break a new record of planting over 200,000 trees. Previously SNC’s record for the most trees planted was in 1993; in which over 193,000 trees were planted by SNC that year.
Things are off to a good start as over 115,000 trees have already been reserved for spring 2021! On average, since 1990, the Authority has planted 119,000 trees per year.
“We can all benefit from planting trees; they provide many benefits and services to society and the environment; and there are a variety of species suitable for every property,” added Brunet.
For more information on ordering trees, planting programs, and subsidies, please visit www.nation.on.ca/land/forestry-services/tree-planting-services or call 1-877-984-2948.