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Tree Planting for Homeowners in Eastern Ontario

Nearly two years ago we first wrote a post here about the Trees for Tomorrow and Green Acres programs that help homeowners wishing to reforest a part of their own land. It’s such a great idea, that we’re writing here about it again. This spring they planted the six millionth tree.

Young Fraser fir treeFor many of us building a custom home, we’ve chosen to build on a patch of land outside of the city. That often means we have some extra space that can be considered for various uses. Sometimes there are obvious uses that come to mind for ourselves, whether gardening, small scale farming, recreation, etc.

Have you considered planting trees in volume? Planting seedlings for future trees will improve a property and its value, provide wildlife with new habitat, help to cut down on land erosion, create shade and livable spaces, and even offset carbon emissions.

For any landowner with property sitting idle, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority offers technical and financial assistance to reforest that space.

Applicants for 2019 Tree Planting Season

The RCVA is now looking for new planting areas for the 2019 tree planting season. Could it be you? Or someone you know? Anyone with a large area of one acre or more for planting is welcome to contact the RCVA for a site visit:

Scott Danford
Forestry Program Manager
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
613-692-3571 ext. 1175

Imagine your property filled with more than an acre of trees for a small fraction of the real investment required, where all of the hard work is done by others, including site assessment, clearing and planting. The program includes survival assessments in the early years.

The only commitment on the part of landowners is to cover the heavily subsidized planting effort (this really is a good deal), order a minimum of 500 trees, and to make reasonable efforts to protect the trees from damage.

There is also a Butternut Recovery Program for the endangered butternut species.

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Planting trees for tomorrow

Young Fraser fir treeFor many of us building a custom home, we’ve chosen to build on a patch of land outside of the city. That often means we have one or more acres under own ownership that can be considered for various uses.

Space for gardening, recreation, pure enjoyment, and even aspects of self-sufficiency or cost offsetting (e.g. solar panels) come into consideration.

Why not consider planting trees in volume? Tree planting is a great way to improve a property and its value, provide wildlife habitat, reduce land erosion, create shade and livable spaces, and offset carbon emissions.

For anyone in the Rideau Valley and City of Ottawa, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority offers a tremendous opportunity through its Trees for Tomorrow and Green Acres programs. For any landowner with property sitting idle, RCVA offers technical and financial assistance to reforest that space.

Imagine your property filled with more than an acre of trees for a fraction of the real investment required, where all of the hard work is done by others, including site assessment, clearing and planting. The program includes survival assessments in the early years.

The only commitment on the part of landowners is to cover the heavily subsidized planting effort (this really is a good deal), order a minimum of 500 trees, and to make reasonable efforts to protect the trees from damage.

The program receives significant funding from the 50 Million Tree Program of Forests Ontario.

Do you have land sitting idle? Wondering about how to reforest your property without breaking the bank? Thinking about leaving a bit of a legacy?

Consider planting trees for tomorrow.