Not too late to order “over the counter” tree seedlings through South Nation Conservation

An SNC staff member puts one in the ground during the 2020 tree-planting season.

NATION VALLEY — Looking to undertake a small planting project on your property?

South Nation Conservation (SNC) says it’s not too late to order tree seedlings through its “Over the Counter” Tree Planting Program for Spring 2021!

SNC’s Over the Counter tree sales are perfect for those who are not eligible to receive subsidies through programs that support larger planting and reforestation projects.

Over the Counter tree seedlings start as low as $0.68 each and must be ordered in bundles of 50. SNC can still provide a complimentary site visit, planting advice and consultation with all orders. Landowners are responsible for picking up and planting their trees in the spring.

“Our Over the Counter Program is a great option for those who want to plant at least 100 seedlings but aren’t eligible for some of our other grant programs,” explains Cheyene Brunet, SNC’s Forestry Technician, adding “and they can still get a great discount by ordering through us.”

Property owners with larger open planting areas of at least 1 acre can also receive considerable cost savings by purchasing trees from SNC through the 50 Million Tree Program, offered in partnership by SNC and Forests Ontario. The program provides seedlings, planting, site preparation, and tending for $0.25 per tree for conifers and $0.55 per tree for deciduous.

SNC also offers subsidies for one-acre tree plantings along farm fields and watercourses to help reduce erosion, protect water quality, and increase forest cover.

The Conservation Authority has its sights set on an ambitious goal next year as it hopes to plant 200,000 trees across its watershed jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario in 2021; the most trees ever planted by SNC in a single year. Currently, the Authority is almost on track to reach its target, with nearly 180,000 trees reserved for next year already.

“If you’re thinking about planting in the spring, it’s not too late to reserve your trees! I would encourage interested residents to contact us before the holidays,” added Brunet.

A past tree-planting site in Rockland.

 

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