The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) says local landowners are really responding to Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP), as it plans to plant 200,000 trees this spring.
"Landowners are already planning for the 2021 planting season," says Scott Danford, Forestry Program Manager at the RVCA. "If you are thinking about planting trees, now is the time to contact us."
It takes about a year to prepare for a planting project, adds Danford. The preparation includes visiting sites, developing a planting plan, placing tree orders, completing site preparations, coordinating planting contractors, and securing financial assistance.
Forests Ontario has facilitated the planting of more than 29-million trees through the 50 MTP since 2008. In that time, the RVCA has planted over 1.5-million trees in Leeds and Grenville County, Lanark County, and the City of Ottawa.
The authority says some landowners may also be eligible for the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP), which can reduce property taxes on forested portions of land by up to 75 per cent. Increasing forest cover promotes healthy natural landscapes and trees can reduce the risk of severe flooding by soaking up excess water.
"Thanks to the Government of Canada’s support for the 50 MTP, we are looking forward to a robust 2020 planting season," said Rob Keen, Registered Professional Forester and CEO of Forests Ontario. "If you have room to plant a minimum of 500 trees -- which is usually less than an acre -- contact us. We would be happy to discuss your options for this coming spring and beyond."
The Government of Canada committed up to $15-million over four years to support the 50 MTP. Funding also comes from corporate sponsors and donors.
Landowners who want to learn more about tree planting and funding assistance through the 50 MTP or tax savings through the MFTIP, are encouraged to call Forests Ontario at 1-877-646-1193 or visit www.forestsontario.ca.