NATION VALLEY — There are many ways for residents to take advantage of subsidies to help plant trees and South Nation Conservation (SNC) is encouraging interested residents to contact their office early to help plan their planting project. SNC has also added new funds to help property owners plant more trees alongside watercourses and farm fields. This is one of the new initiatives that the Conservation Authority is taking towards addressing the loss of regional forest cover.
In August, SNC published a report called “Protecting and Increasing Forest Cover in the South Nation Conservation Jurisdiction” outlining future recommendations including the enhancement of the Conservation Authority’s tree planting services.
Among the enhancements is a new subsidy now available from SNC for 1-acre tree plantings alongside riparian (watercourse) areas or windbreaks (alongside 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.
Property owners with larger open planting areas of at least 1 hectare (2.5 acres) can also receive considerable cost savings by purchasing trees from SNC through the 50 Million Tree Program, offered in partnership by SNC and Forest Ontario. The program provides seedlings, planting, and site preparation and tending for a $0.20 fee per tree for conifers and $0.50 fee per tree for deciduous.
Residents can also purchase over-the-counter trees directly from SNC; a minimum of 100 seedlings in multiples of 50 per species can be ordered. Red Maple, Balsam Fir, and White and Red Pine are just some of the many species available. The price per seedling can be as low as $0.58 depending on the species.
Over-the-counter trees are locally sourced and are native stock to Ontario. Orders will be accepted until February 1, 2019. Residents are encouraged to place their orders early as supplies are limited.
Visit http://www.nation.on.ca/land/forestry-services/tree-planting-services to find additional details about SNC’s forestry services and to access the 2019 Order Form.