50,000 more trees

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

The Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (RRCA) has wrapped up an­other tree plant­ing sea­son, plant­ing 50,000 trees across its 1,680-square-kilo­me­tre ju­ris­dic­tion.

The RRCA is now book­ing site vis­its with landown­ers look­ing to re­for­est idle land or re­tired farm fields in 2020.

“In 2019, we part­nered with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups, lo­cal schools, and pri­vate landown­ers to in­crease for­est cover in the re­gion. We also hosted our 20th Earth Day Tree Give­away, which has given away over 40,000 trees to the com­mu­nity to date,” says Lisa Van De Ligt, RRCA Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Spe­cial­ist. Forests pro­vide many im­por­tant eco­log­i­cal, eco­nomic, so­cial, and cul­tural ben­e­fits; they fil­ter air, clean drink­ing wa­ter and pro­vide re­siliency to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters such as flood­ing.

Through the RRCA’s Forestry Ser­vices, landown­ers with over one hectare (2.5 acres) of idle land can plant trees at a re­duced fee. “Landown­ers can meet with our staff for a free con­sul­ta­tion. We are a on­estop shop for tree plant­ing ser­vices; we will pre­pare a cus­tom site plan to en­sure the best seedling sur­vival, pre­pare the site, or­der and plant trees, and con­duct fol­low-up as­sess­ments,” adds Ms. Van De Ligt.

Many landown­ers re­turn year af­ter year to ben­e­fit from the sub­si­dies of­fered un­der the RRCA’s Forestry Ser­vices.

Mike MacGil­livray from Kirkview Farms in North Glen­garry rec­og­nizes the added value of forests on his 196-acre farm con­sist­ing of 58 forested acres used for fire­wood, wild ed­i­bles, and maple syrup. “My goal is to plant 10,000 trees over the next 5 years. I’ve planted 5,850 trees to date with the RRCA and greatly ben­e­fited from their tree plant­ing sup­port,” says Mr. MacGil­livray. He also plans to en­rol in the Al­ter­na­tive Land Use Ser­vices (ALUS) Canada pro­gram, a com­mu­nity-de­vel­oped and farmer-de­liv­ered pro­gram helping farm­ers plant wind­breaks and ri­par­ian buf­fers among other ecosys­tem ser­vices. The pro­gram also pro­vides a per-acre an­nual pay­ment to the farm­ers for the man­age­ment and main­te­nance of the projects.

The RRCA also of­fers over-the-counter tree sales for smaller projects. Con­tact the RRCA at [email protected] or 613-938-3611 to book your free site visit and to learn more about the ALUS fund­ing pro­gram.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

PLANT­ING PLAN: Mike MacGil­livray. RRCA bi­ol­o­gist Bren­dan Ja­cobs (left) dis­cusses a tree plant­ing plan with farmer

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