New tree order deadline
A new subsidy will be available to help area landowners protect water quality and reduce erosion.
South Nation Conservation has added funds to assist property owners plant more trees alongside watercourses and farm fields.
The new subsidy is for tree plantings alongside riparian (watercourse) areas or windbreaks (alongside farm fields). Riparian tree planting protects water quality by acting as an organic filter between land and water, while windbreak planting provides wind shelter and protects soil from erosion.
Residents from across South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) 4,384 square-kilometre jurisdiction can purchase over-the-counter trees directly from the conservation authority at a subsidized cost until Friday, February 8.
A minimum of 100 seedlings in multiples of 50 per species can be ordered while supplies last. SNC’s over-the-counter trees are locally sourced and are native stock to Ontario.
The remaining tree species available for purchase are silver maple, poplar, black willow, red and white pine and cedar, Norway and white spruce.
Go to www.nation.on.ca/land/forestryservices/tree-planting-services to find the order form and more information on SNC’s forestry services.
“Based on our orders to date, over 145,000 trees will be added to SNC’s jurisdiction in 2019,” says Cheyene Brunet, SNC’s Forestry Technician. “This brings the total amount of trees planted by SNC to 3.2 million since 1990.”
Property owners with larger open planting areas of at least 2.5 acres can also receive additional cost savings by purchasing trees from SNC through a partnership with Forest Ontario.
“Trees provide many unique benefits; they add aesthetic appeal, provide shade and can even increase property value,” said Cheyene Brunet. “Plus, planting trees is a great way to protect the environment and enhance local forest cover.”