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South Nation Conservation planting record number of trees this spring

The conservation authority is planting 70,000 more trees in their watershed this year than their annual average.

The South Nation Conservation (SNC) is helping to plant over 230,000 trees and shrubs throughout its watershed this spring.

This is the most trees planted by SNC in a single year. Their previous record was set in 1993 when 193,000 trees were planted by the conservation authority.

"We couldn’t be more excited to plant a record-breaking number of native trees this spring to increase local forest cover, and work on behalf of our member municipalities and residents to deliver essential environmental services throughout the Pandemic," said Caroline Goulet, one of SNC’s foresters.

South Nation typically plants an average of 150,000 trees annually. 

SNC says tree planting services have been deemed essential and will continue to go ahead, with most of the trees being planted on private properties.

Thanks to subsidies available to property owners, seedlings can be sourced and planted by SNC for as little as $0.25/conifer or $0.55/deciduous tree. 

Trees will also be planted on public properties, along county roads, in Larose Forest in Prescott and Russell, and in public natural spaces like conservation areas.

Residents throughout eastern Ontario were also able to register for their chance to receive a bundle of free tree seedlings. This was made possible through a fundraising initiative, a partnership with member municipalities, and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, with 10,000 seedlings being handed out. 

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) Foundation’s special occasions tree planting program is back. For Mother's Day, you can skip the grocery store bouquet and plant an environmental legacy in her honour, instead.

The native tree species that are planted across the Rideau Valley watershed, from Frontenac to Smiths Falls to downtown Ottawa, help to fight erosion, manage floods and keep contaminants out of our rivers and lakes. 

A single tree costs $25, while a grove of five is only $100. Ten trees cost $150 and a family grove of 25 costs $250 – just $10 a tree.

Residents can purchase trees online through the RCVA website




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