Tree ser­vice grow­ing

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens -

South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion’s forestry ser­vice has grown to in­clude the coun­ties of Stor­mon­tDun­das-Glen­garry.

The con­ser­va­tion author­ity, whose tree pro­gram has been sup­ported by Prescott-Rus­sell since 2013, is now of­fer­ing as­sis­tance to prop­erty own­ers in SDG.

“Through our Wood­lot Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice, a forestry tech­ni­cian will visit your prop­erty and sug­gest man­age­ment op­tions based on a pre­lim­i­nary site eval­u­a­tion,” said Cheyene Brunet, SNC’s forestry tech­ni­cian. “The pro­gram can also as­sist landown­ers look­ing to learn more about their wood­lot and tree iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

The tech­ni­cian will pro­vide a re­port in­clud­ing aerial pho­tog­ra­phy, gen­eral tree health, species iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, po­ten­tial uses, eco­nomic value, and how a landowner might im­prove man­age­ment ap­proaches to make it more sus­tain­able.

To be el­i­gi­ble for the free ad­vi­sory ser­vice, landown­ers must re­side or own land within SDG or UCPR and have ten acres or more of forested land.

Prop­erty own­ers will also re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about pro­grams, such as the On­tario Man­aged For­est Tax Pro­gram, which can pro­vide a tax re­duc­tion of up to 75 per cent on pri­vate­ly­owned res­i­den­tial land in On­tario.

Landown­ers who com­plete a For­est Man­age­ment Plan through the On­tario Man­aged For­est Tax In­cen­tive Pro­gram are el­i­gi­ble for a sub­sidy of up to $500 through SNC’s part­ner-funded pro­gram.

To learn more about SNC’s Wood­lot Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice visit: www.na­tion.on.ca/land/forestry­ser­vices/wood­lot-ad­vi­sory-ser­vice.

In ad­di­tion to SNC’s Wood­lot Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice, res­i­dents can also ben­e­fit from a va­ri­ety of tree plant­ing sub­si­dies and pro­grams for idle land, stream banks, and buf­fer strips.

Over-the-counter tree sales are also avail­able for smaller or­ders and are ac­cepted year-round. Think spring and trees. Al­though it may be the mid­dle of win­ter, it’s not too early to start plan­ning your out­door beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects, notes SNC, which is ac­cept­ing tree or­ders un­til March 1.

Res­i­dents of the ju­ris­dic­tion can or­der conifer and de­cid­u­ous trees and shrubs from SNC at a re­duced rate through the 2018 Tree Plant­ing Pro­gram. “Trees pro­vide many unique ben­e­fits; they add aes­thetic ap­peal, pro­vide shade and can even in­crease prop­erty value,” said Ms. Brunet.

“Plus, plant­ing trees is a great way to en­hance lo­cal for­est cover and help re­duce ero­sion.”

A min­i­mum of 100 seedlings in mul­ti­ples of 50 species can be or­dered, while quan­ti­ties last.

HEALTHY STAND: bu­colic win­try scenes. Trees pro­vide habi­tat for wildlife, com­bat ero­sion, shel­ter from the wind, and

SOFT COVER: Corn stub­ble can of­ten re­flect weather con­di­tions. This photo last week shows the re­sult of a Jan­uary thaw fol­lowed by a dust­ing of snow. How­ever, a thicker, more pro­tec­tive, blan­ket fell this week as the re­gion re­ceived about 20 cen­time­tres of the white stuff over the course of a few days.

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