Maple among several native species to be planted locally during Canada’s 150th Anniversary Year
Planting trees is a great way to commemorate milestones and Ausable Bayfield Conservation is encouraging people to consider planting trees and postingMaple tree photos and stories to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary Year in 2017.
I think one of the best ways we could celebrate Canada 150 is by planting trees,” said Ian Jean, forestry and land stewardship specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
Each spring, local landowners order tens of thousands of trees for planting through the ABCA tree order program. Maple trees are among the native species that will be planted. The spring tree order formis now available online at abca. on.ca.
To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, Ausable Bayfield Conservation is holding a photo contest this year to feature the maple tree. The maple tree has played amajor role inCanada’s history and the maple remains a powerful Canadian symbol today.
“In my travels throughout our watershed I have seen some fantastic maple trees in farmyards, woodlots, and old fencerows,” Jean said. For contest rules visit the trees page at abca.on.ca .
Youmay submit your photo to the contest simply by posting your photo of your favouritemaple tree on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Facebook pageorTwitter feedwith this hashtag: #Maple150. Or, you could email your entry, with #Maple150 Photo Contest in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible for the contes t , photos should be posted or received by Friday, March 31, 2017, at noon. If your tree has a story to tell the conservation authority encourages you to share that as well. The winner of the photo contest will receive a free 200- centimetre ( sixfoot- tall) maple tree for planting in April. Jean said that “we hope people will share with us their photos of colourful maple leaves or large, old trees with character, or any maple tree that has a story to tell.”
The impact of people’s efforts to plant trees is helping tomaintain and improve the healthof the Ausable and Bayfieldwatersheds and local forests, according to Jean.
“People are having a positive impact when they plant trees,” he said. If you wish to order trees for spring planting the order form is now online at abca.on.ca on the ‘order trees’ page. Forms will bemailed upon request or are also available at the office at 71108 Morrison Line, just east of Exeter and south of Highway 83. Interested people can mail in their orders until Jan. 31, 2017. Orders accompanied by payment may be placed until 4 p.m. onTuesday, February 28, 2017.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation purchases trees from private nurseries to offer for sale to watershed residents. The purchase price includes costs such transportation of trees to the office east of Exeter, cold storage and handling. Maple trees available for purchase through the spring tree order form include Sugar (Hard) Maple; Silver ( Soft) Maple; and Autumn Blaze (a red-silver hybrid Maple). Other available species include White Cedar; Norway Spruce; White Spruce; Blue Spruce; Tamarack; Austrian Pine; RedOak; BurOak; BlackWalnut; Black Cherry; Sycamore; and Tulip Tree. A number of shrubs and small trees are also available such as Red Osier Dogwood; Staghorn Sumac; HighbushCranberry; Nannyb e r r y Vi burnum; and Serviceberry.
Grant programs are available for projects such as windbreaks, watercourse buffers and larger scale reforestation projects that may cover between 50 per cent and 100 per cent of the project costs, depending on the type of project and availability of local funding programs. ABCA staff work on behalf of landowners to access applicable funding.
Trees andwindbreaks offer benefits for landowners and the localcommunity, according to Jean. He said trees can help to reduce wind stress on field crops and livestock, improve water quality, provide wildlife habitat, increase crop yields and mark property lines. “Properly designed windbreaks can be used to managedrifting snow around homes and farms,” he said. “They help reduce soil erosion, reduce winter heating costs and summer cooling costs, andmuchmore.”
For more information visit abca. on. ca or contact Ian Jean, Forestry and LandStewardship Specialist at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, by phone at 519235-2610, extension 238, or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.