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Fall is the Time to Plan your Spring Tree Planting Project!

Fall is the Time to Plan your Spring Tree Planting Project!

The fall season showcases Grey and Bruce County’s amazing forests like no other time of year, making this area such a special and unique place to live! With many people looking up and admiring the changing leaves, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority’s (GSCA) Forestry staff are reminding everyone that now is a great time to think about spring tree planting.

Residents of Grey and Bruce within GSCA’s watershed are being encouraged to call or email the office to book a free site visit today and take advantage of substantial cost savings for spring tree planting. Native species of trees are planted and sold at a reduced rate through programs administered by GSCA, such as the 50 Million Tree Program and One Tree Planted for landowners with at least 1 acre of open land. “We have been able to secure grants and funds to drastically reduce the overall cost to landowners. Depending on the project, landowners may only need to pay 10% of the total project cost. Our staff will work with landowners to develop a customized tree planting plan for their property” says Forestry Coordinator for GSCA, Mike Fry.

GSCA has set a goal of planting 90,000 trees in 2021 and are over halfway there with 50,000 trees scheduled to be planted next spring, but they need your help! GSCA has planted over 2.5 million trees locally in the past 15 years. This would not have been possible without the support of landowners who want to access the countless benefits that planting trees can provide, such as making use of marginal or less productive land; reducing heating and cooling costs; and leaving a legacy for future generations.

When you plant trees, it also helps increase resilience to the impacts of flooding, drought and severe weather events and improves soil retention. “Planting trees is a positive activity that benefits everyone in society. There are numerous benefits from improved air and water quality to creating valuable habitat for many different wildlife species” says Fry. Tree planting along streams or to fill in forest clearings is especially beneficial!

For those who want fewer trees to plant themselves, GSCA also sells seedlings and larger stock through order forms that will be available in January 2021, which makes it easy to purchase high-quality trees in bulk. There will be a variety of species available with prices starting at only $0.75 per tree.

If you’re looking to make a positive impact on your property and beyond, consider planting trees and make an investment that keeps on growing!

For more information:

Mike Fry, Forestry Coordinator
m.fry@greysauble.on.ca
519-376-3076 ext. 280

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Our vision is a healthy watershed environment in balance with the needs of society. Our mission, in partnership with the stakeholders of the watershed, is to promote and undertake sustainable management of renewable natural resources and to provide responsible leadership to enhance biodiversity and environmental awareness.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Property Closures: Skinners Marsh-McNab Lake Compartment 109 (forestry operation). 

Most Properties and Trails Are Open! Please read Visiting Conservation Areas During COVID-19 for important info.

***PLANNING AND PERMITS SERVICE INTERRUPTION ADVISORY***
Please note that we are currently operating at a temporarily reduced capacity while also experiencing a high number of applications and inquiries to our Environmental Planning Department at this time. Please use our contact form only for inquiries related to planning and development permits. Inquiries must include all requested information for a response by a planning staff member.

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Please utilize email or website contact forms (for planning and development permit related inquiries) as the most reliable way to reach our staff at this time.

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