Tree Planting Program
NOW: Looking for landowners interested in planting trees this Spring!
Conservation Sudbury is delivering a tree planting program for interested landowners living in the watersheds of the Vermilion, Wanapitei, or Whitefish rivers (and potentially some surrounding areas).
By planting trees, you can help increase soil and water conservation, reduce the effects of storms, fight climate change, improve wildlife habitat and contribute to a greener, healthier Ontario. You can plant trees to create a forest, establish a windbreak, or create a buffer strip around a water course or wetland.
As a Planting Delivery Agency (PDA), Conservation Sudbury will work directly with landowners to determine site eligibility, create a planting plan, allocate funding and design and coordinate planting.
The program is designed to significantly reduce a landowner’s costs of large-scale tree planting and thereby increase the number of trees planted.
Landowner and Site Requirements
Funding assistance is available to eligible landowners through the 50 Million Tree Program if you:
- Have a productive area of at least 1 hectare (2.5 acres) in size;
- Ensure land is open or mostly open and has not been a woodland since December 31, 1989 as defined by the provincial Forestry Act;
- Sign a 15-year management agreement to conserve the trees;
- Employ good forestry practices; and
- In certain cases assume some of the additional costs for trees, to implement the plan, and/or to maintain the trees.
We are very pleased to be working in partnership with VETAC, Collège Boréal and local Professional Registered Foresters as we take on the PDA role and deliver a 2016 pilot of a tree planting program.
Don’t Meet the Above Requirements?
Contact us to find out about other grant programs available to help with the cost of trees and planting depending on your project objectives and property location. We will help you access, and apply to, the appropriate programs to reduce the cost of your tree planting project.
Learn about the benefits of planting trees on your property in the areas of field windbreaks, farmstead shelterbelts and living snow fences. View a series of videos about windbreaks created by OMAFRA. (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs)
- View videos on Windbreaks from OMAFRA
- Factsheet series about windbreaks, shelter-belts and living snow fences from the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA).
Here is a guide to matching tree species with soil and drainage types and also a helpful seed zone map.
- Planning for tree planting.pdf (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
- Matching tree species with soil and drainage types.pdf
- Seed Zone Map.pdf
Did you know, through the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP), landowners who get their 4 hectare (9.88 acres) or greater forest classified as ‘Managed Forest’ pay 25% of the municipal tax rate set for residential properties!
We have two Managed Forest Plan Approvers available to help you complete your application!
Don't forget that Conservation Sudbury will help plan your tree planting project.
Hajnal Kovacs, M.ESc.
(705) 674-5249 x206