RRCA offers FREE Trees in Celebration of Earth Day

CORNWALL — Join the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) on April 27, starting at 10 a.m. for their annual Earth Day Tree Giveaway.

This year marks the event’s 20-year anniversary taking place at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area and Marina Complex located at 18045 County Road 2, Cornwall. To celebrate, 2,000 free trees will be given away and attendees are invited to join the RRCA for a BBQ lunch and cake.  Local vendors and partners will also be in attendance with booths to join in on the celebration.

“We look forward to our annual Earth Day Tree Giveaway where we can answer any questions the public may have about their upcoming tree planting projects.  We hope the 10 free white spruce given out to the first 200 households in attendance helps kickstart their property enhancements this year,” says Normand Génier, RRCA’s Forestry Specialist. As a limited quantity of trees will be available, they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Whether you are planning a windbreak, want to attract more wildlife, or simply add to your existing landscape, trees provide numerous esthetic and environmental benefits. “With the loss of ash trees in the region due to the invasive emerald ash borer and overall forest cover loss, the Earth Day Tree Giveaway provides an excellent opportunity to pick up some replacements and improve local forest cover,” adds Génier.

The RRCA offers tree planting subsidies for landowners with greater than 1 hectare (2.5 acres) of open land. The RRCA has partnered with Forests Ontario under the 50 Million Tree Program, which aims to plant 50 million trees in Ontario by the year 2025. The Program offers trees and the RRCA’s full-service program at a reduced rate. Eligible landowners may receive up to 75 percent coverage of total planting costs through the Program. Visit rrca.on.ca for more information.

While the trees, food, and refreshments are free, donations will be accepted on-site. Larger potted trees will also be available for purchase; evergreens sell for $10 and deciduous sell for $15 (cash only). There will also be a silent auction for donated items from various local businesses. The funds from donations, potted tree sales, and the silent auction will be allocated towards the RRCA’s forestry programs.

For more information, contact Normand Génier, Forestry Specialist, (613) 938-3611 ext. 228, normand.genier@rrca.on.ca.

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