Plan before you plant
50 Million Tree Program works with landowners to finance, plan tree planting
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 email@example.com.
Apply this fall to begin planting next spring.