Consider Tree Planting this Spring with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) continues to offer trees and shrubs for sale, or for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through various partnership with member municipalities and organizations, there are the multiple ways that you can participate.

Are you interested in planting trees along your property line next to municipal roads? Is your property in the Municipality of Clarington or Municipality of Port Hope? The GRCA has once again collaborated with these municipalities to offer free potted stock to be planted along rural roads. The Trees for Rural Roads program goal is to restore trees along roads for their beauty and environmental benefits. Applications for both municipalities are due by March 31, 2021.

If flowering shrubs or different evergreens and hardwoods are what you are looking for, the GRCA Tree Seedling Program is what you need. Over 25 different species are available, ranging in price from 80¢ to $2.25. Act now and you could receive up to 40¢ off each tree, courtesy of Forests Ontario and the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign! Orders for this program are due by March 5, 2021.

Do you have more than 2.5 acres of open land that could be reforested? The GRCA also offers a full service tree planting program. Funding is available through Forests Ontario, the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign and the GRCA Clean Water-Healthy Land Financial Assistance Program to significantly offset the cost of large-scale tree plantings. Talk to GRCA staff today to have your property planted.

Speaking of Forest Ontario and the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign (HOHTC), the GRCA is pleased to continue being an active partner. The overall goal of the HOHTC is to plant 2-million trees in honour of all Canadians who served during times of conflict since Confederation, including the War of 1812. As a result, the GRCA hopes to see an increased amount of trees planted within the region; however, private land is required to achieve this. Ask today about how you can become involved in this living tribute. In order to take full advantage of the variety of ways to put down roots, apply today for an April tree pick-up at the GRCA. For further information, please contact Pam Lancaster, GRCA Stewardship Technician: 905-885-8173/stewardship@grca.on.ca. Application forms and more information is also available at https://www.grca.on.ca/programs-stewardship/.