Skip Winter, Think Spring Tree Planting

With over 73,000 tree and shrub seedlings being planted and distributed throughout local watersheds in the 2020 Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) tree planting season, the GRCA is encouraging landowners to think about tree planting for 2021 this fall.

The trees will add to the watersheds ecosystems by increasing connectivity, providing for wildlife habitat, but will 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:

  • Consider establishing a windbreak to help reduce home heating costs, or shade trees to reduce home cooling costs.
  • Consider large scale reforestation on marginal land to increase wildlife habitat, or provide future additional income through timber management or other forest resources.
  • Help increase forest connectivity by planting in areas that will increase the size of existing forest or woodlots.
  • Enhance stream banks and river valleys by planting species that stabilize stream banks and increase stream shading.

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 GRCA is proud to collaborate with Forest Ontario and the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign to support landowner with their tree planting goals. The Clean Water – Healthy Land Financial Assistance Program can also cover 50% of the cost of a minimum of 500 seedlings to a maximum of $2,500.00.

The GRCA has partnered with the Municipality of Clarington and the Municipality of Port Hope again for 2021 to provide trees for free to residents who want to plant trees along the rural road side on their property. The goal is to restore the trees that line rural roads, an initiative that was started in the 1870s across the province.

If you want to avoid winter this year consider planning for a spring 2021 tree plant project with help from the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority. For more information on how you can participate in the 2021 tree seedling program or funding programs, contact Pam Lancaster, Stewardship Technician at 905-885-8173 x 247 or