Maple among sev­eral na­tive species to be planted lo­cally dur­ing Canada’s 150th An­niver­sary Year

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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 info@abca.on.ca.

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.

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