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South Nation Conservation has planted more than 3.4 million trees in its watershed district since 1990. Photo Reid Masson

Online Wood Creations auction October 12 to 29 to support SNC tree planting programs

South Nation Conservation (SNC) is hosting an online fundraising auction this fall to support spring tree planting initiatives across its 4,441-square-kilometres jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario.

Building on the success of last year’s ‘Art for Trees’ auction, which raised $6,500 for the Authority’s 2021 planting season, ‘South Nation Wood Creations’ will feature dozens of wood-ware products. Items available include furniture, displays, art, signs, and charcuterie boards – all hand-crafted by talented artisans from across the region.

“The event is a great opportunity to support small businesses and the sustainable forestry industry, while also showcasing local talent and contributing to a healthy environment,” said John Mesman, SNC’s Community Lands and Outreach Lead. “We are grateful for everyone’s continued support and partnership of our tree planting programs.”

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Conservation Authority has had to postpone many of its usual fundraising activities and has not been able to support some forestry exhibitions, such as the popular Wood Auction, hosted in the past in Dunvegan and, more recently, Riceville. The Wood Auction, which formed part of the Annual Wood and Forest Exhibition, hosted by Boisés Est and the SDG Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association, helped to showcase local woodworking talent, but has been on pause during the pandemic.

Since 1990, SNC has planted more than 3.4 million trees across its watershed jurisdiction thanks to community and municipal partnerships and fundraising. More than 230,000 trees were planted in 2020 and with support from the public, SNC is hoping to set a new record in 2022.

Auction items can now be viewed online, with silent bidding available from October 12 to 29. For more information and to access the auction website visit www.nation.on.ca/fall-fundraiser .

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