GRCA Encourages Rural Landowners To Order Trees Now For Spring Planting

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Ensure Best Tree Selection - Order This Fall For Spring Planting

Fall is the best time for rural landowners to start ordering trees from the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) for planting next spring.

Trees are an important part of our work to restore the natural environment. Trees and forests protect water quality in our rivers and streams. They provide habitat for birds and animals and they add to the health of our communities by purifying the air. AND All watershed residents are welcome to purchase trees at the GRCA’s annual tree sale.

Landowners in the Grand River watershed who have at least one hectare (2.5 acres) of land are eligible to order trees that they can plant themselves. Online tree orders can be placed between October 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019. Orders can also be placed by mail. Early ordering is advised to ensure the best selection of trees.  

All tree orders can be picked up at the GRCA head office in Cambridge next spring. The minimum order is 200 seedlings or 20 tall stock trees (this includes saplings, whips and potted trees).

Landowners with at least two hectares (5 acres) of property may also be interested in having a GRCA forestry specialist visit their property to develop a custom planting plan, arrange for planting in the spring and help access funding programs to offset the cost of tree planting projects (if applicable).

A minimum order of 1,000 seedlings or 50 tall stock is required for GRCA staff to arrange planting. There is no cost for this service, but demand is high. Interested landowners will be put on a waiting list to be contacted at a later date. Please email trees@grandriver.ca or call 519-621-2761 and ask to speak to a forestry specialist.

All watershed residents are welcome to purchase trees at the GRCA’s annual tree sale that takes place in May. Details about this event will be posted online at www.grandriver.ca/events.

Private landowners own nearly 80 per cent of the land in the watershed and can make an immense contribution toward increasing tree cover through this initiative.

For more information, to order trees and to view the tree availability list, visit the forestry section of the GRCA website at www.grandriver.ca/Trees.

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