Plan be­fore you plant

50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram works with landown­ers to fi­nance, plan tree plant­ing

Tillsonburg News - - NEWS -

Think­ing of tree plant­ing next spring? Fall plan­ning brings spring plant­ing!

Forests On­tario and its plant­ing part­ners want to re­mind landown­ers that fall is the most op­por­tune time for plan­ning next spring’s plant­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Tree plant­ing is an ex­cel­lent way to in­crease the value of your prop­erty and make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal health. Forests On­tario of­fers fund­ing as­sis­tance for tree plant­ing through the 50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram (50MTP), pro­vid­ing the ben­e­fits of tree plant­ing at a re­duced cost. El­i­gi­ble landown­ers may re­ceive from 75-90 per cent cov­er­age of to­tal plant­ing costs through the pro­gram.

The 50MTP has been de­signed to make the tree plant­ing process as easy as pos­si­ble for landown­ers. If your prop­erty has at least one hectare (2.5 acres) of open land avail­able for tree plant­ing, all you have to do is regis­ter. A Forests On­tario rep­re­sen­ta­tive or plant­ing agency will con­tact you to con­firm your el­i­gi­bil­ity and de­ter­mine the best ap­proach for you and your prop­erty. Whether you’re in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing your farm­ing op­er­a­tion, cre­at­ing wildlife habi­tat, in­creas­ing your prop­erty value, leav­ing a le­gacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, or help­ing to fight climate change, plant­ing through the 50MTP can help you achieve your goals.

The 50MTP con­nects landown­ers with pro­fes­sion­als who will help to de­sign and im­ple­ment site plans; pur­chase, trans­port, and plant trees; and con­duct fol­lowup as­sess­ments - but all of this takes time.

“It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple re­al­ize how much pre-plan­ning goes into tree plant­ing,” said Greg Greer, Field Ad­vi­sor with Forests On­tario, in a me­dia re­lease.

Plan­ning for spring tree plant­ing in the fall al­lows plant­ing part­ners to re­view the site and more ac­cu­rately pre­dict and vi­su­al­ize the end re­sults. Ad­di­tion­ally, Greer cau­tions that “the choice of species and the avail­abil­ity of fund­ing be­come lim­ited the longer you wait.” Es­sen­tially, early plan­ning im­proves a landowner’s chances of se­cur­ing fund­ing and the right species for their land, lead­ing to more ef­fec­tive plant­ing. “The 50MTP al­le­vi­ates op­er­a­tional and fi­nan­cial bur­dens from landown­ers and pri­or­i­tizes the en­vi­ron­ment, wildlife, and recre­ation above eco­nomic con­cerns,” says Greer.

Through the 50MTP, you are able to im­prove your prop­erty while help­ing the Gov­ern­ment of On­tario reach its goal of plant­ing 50 mil­lion trees by 2025. To learn more about this pro­gram, visit www.forest­son­tario.ca or con­tact Forestry Pro­gram Man­ager, Stephanie Burns, at 1-877-6461193 ext. 222 or info@forest­son­tario.ca.

Ap­ply this fall to be­gin plant­ing next spring.

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