SDG — The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is now accepting tree seedling orders for spring 2021 tree planting projects! Whether you are looking to plant a windbreak, attract wildlife, or simply add to your existing landscape, the RRCA has you covered.
Landowners can choose from a variety of conifers such as white spruce and white pine, and deciduous trees such as black walnut and maples. Native shrubs include serviceberry, black chokeberry, and many more. Tree and shrub seedlings range from $0.95/seedling to $3.25/seedling. Thanks to a partnership with Forests Ontario, the RRCA is currently offering a $0.25/seedling discount on tree orders.
“Trees provide many important ecological, economic, social, and cultural benefits; they filter the air we breathe, clean the water we drink, and add resiliency to natural disasters such as flooding,” says Jessica Herrington, RRCA Environmental Technician. “The RRCA is proud to have planted one million trees to date and plans to add an additional 40,000 trees to the area next year.”
The RRCA also offers a variety of forestry services to assist landowners with their tree planting projects. Those looking to plant over 500 trees can take advantage of the RRCA’s full-service program.
“Landowners interested in our tree planting services can meet with our staff for a free consultation. We can prepare a custom site plan to ensure the best seedling survival, prepare the site, order and plant trees, and more,” adds Herrington. Landowners that enroll in the RRCA’s full-service tree planting program qualify for cost savings of up to $1.70/tree.
RRCA hit one-millionth tree planted in September
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) reached a major milestone in 2020: the planting of one million trees in the region since 1994 through public and private landowner partnerships.
On Sept. 17, the RRCA staff and Board gathered to celebrate the achievement by planting the one millionth tree, a sugar maple, at the RRCA’s main office located in Gray’s Creek Conservation Area. The 8-member Board consists of representatives from the City of Cornwall and Townships of South Glengarry, North Glengarry, South Stormont, and North Stormont.
“Planting one million trees is a great accomplishment and we at the Township of South Stormont are proud to be one of your municipal partners. Together, we will continue to improve local forest cover,” stated RRCA Chairman and South Stormont Mayor, Bryan McGillis.
The RRCA’s General Manager, Richard Pilon, applauded past and present staff for all their efforts and achievements. “Through existing and new partnerships, I am proud to lead staff towards planting the next 1 million trees in the RRCA’s jurisdiction,” added Pilon.
Martin Lang, RRCA Vice-Chair, South Glengarry Councillor, and local farmer, recalled planting 6,000 trees at his family farm in the early 1990’s and spoke of the importance of both crop and forested land on his properties. He noted “South Glengarry residents greatly benefit from the RRCA’s tree planting initiatives and grant programs.”
Many programs have contributed to the 1 million tree count over the years. Today, most of the RRCA’s trees are planted under their full-service tree planting program, tree seedling sales, tree giveaways, and community tree planting events.
Landowners looking to plant over 500 trees may quality for significant cost savings under the RRCA’s full-service tree planting program thanks to funding received from Forests Ontario. Those looking to plant trees next spring should contact the RRCA soon to arrange a free consultation. Staff work with landowners to create a site planting plan, plant trees, and provide pre and post planting services, as required. Those looking to plant less than 500 trees may be interested in the RRCA’s tree seedling sales. Every year, the RRCA sells native tree seedlings such as maple, oak, black walnut, pine, spruce, etc. available for pickup in the spring. Trees can be pre-ordered starting this fall.