New tree or­der dead­line

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.”

Part­ner­ship

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.”

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