Care to breathe?

Orleans Star - - OPINION -

In May of 2010 The City of Ot­tawa’s Green Acres pro­gram reached a new mile­stone by plant­ing over one mil­lion trees in ru­ral parts of Ot­tawa.

Now, 26 per­cent of the city is oc­cu­pied by trees and with the help of Green Acres pro­gram that num­ber is on the rise.

The Green Acres pro­gram

is a tree plant­ing ser­vice which is made up of the Ot­tawa Stew­ard­ship coun­cil, three con­ser­va­tion au­thor­i­ties and is in part­ner­ship with the City of Ot­tawa.

Ev­ery tree planted by the pro­gram will reach free-to-grow sta­tus due to the mon­i­tor­ing and main­tain­ing the part­ners pro­vide for these ben­e­fi­cial saplings.

The Green Acres pro­gram is look­ing for ru­ral landown­ers who re­tain one or more acres of land who would be in­ter­ested in plant­ing a min­i­mum of 500 trees.

The pro­gram will cover up to 50 per­cent of the costs. Landown­ers with five or more acres could be qual­i­fied for a greater in­cen­tive.

Trees are cru­cial to our en­vi­ron­ment. Each tree pu­ri­fies the air we breathe, cleans the soil we walk on, pro­vides a habi­tat for many va­ri­eties of wildlife and most im­por­tantly gives life sus­tain­ing oxy­gen.

Help out the Green Acres pro­gram, give up an acre of land and help en­sure the cit­i­zens of Ot­tawa that the air we breathe is one of the purest.

In­ter­ested land own­ers are en­cour­aged to get in touch with the land owner re­source cen­ter at 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext 1128 or 1132.

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