Skip Winter – Think Spring and Tree Planting

With over 40,000 tree and shrub seedlings being planted annually throughout local watersheds through the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) tree planting program, the GRCA is encouraging landowners to think about tree planting for 2019 this winter.

Trees add to the watersheds ecosystem by increasing connectivity and providing for wildlife habitat, but also increase the beauty and timber potential of the area. Seedlings will eventually grow to be large trees that will provide many benefits to the environment and your property, such as helping to reduce home heating and cooling costs, and enhancing and stabilizing stream banks.

There are options when considering tree planting – purchase tree seedlings through the GRCA (a minimum of 25) to plant at your leisure, or have tree seedlings planted for you by the GRCA (minimum of 500).

Funding is available to assist in the purchase and/or planting of seedlings. The Clean Water – Healthy Land Financial Assistance Funding Program is available on purchases of 500 seedlings or more at a rate of up to 50% of the project cost, prior to taxes, to a cap of $2,500.00. Additional funding is also available to those landowners who plant more than 1 hectare or 2.5 acres of land.

If you’re a rural resident of the Municipality of Port Hope or the Municipality of Clarington, consider the 2019 Trees for Rural Roads Program. The GRCA has once again partnered with these municipalities to provide trees for free to residents who want to plant saplings along the rural road side of their property. The goal of the Trees for Rural Roads program is to restore the trees that line rural roads, an initiative started in the 1870s across the Province.

New for 2019, GRCA has partnered with Northumberland County, providing free tree seeding to County residents in efforts to replace ash trees that have been removed along county roads due to the infestation of Emerald Ash Borer. Details of the program will be released in January 2019.

If you’re trying to avoid winter this year, consider planning a spring 2019 tree plant project with help from your local conservation authority! If you’re interested in the GRCA planting program, the deadline is February 1st; if you’d rather plant your own trees, all over-the-counter orders, including those for the Trees for Rural Roads Program, must be received by March 2019.

For more information on how you can participate in the GRCA’s tree seedling program or funding programs, please contact stewardship@grca.on.ca.