PRIVATE LAND TREE PLANTING

Tree Planting

Interested in planting trees on your property? Subsidies are available to help reduce the cost of purchasing and planting stock to only 19 cents a tree. Contact Paul Gagnon, Lands & Waters Supervisor by email or call 519-842-4242 ext 232 to discuss your planting plans.  

Environment Canada recommends that a minimum of 30% forest cover and 10% forest interior habitat is needed to sustain the natural diversity of both plants and animals in a watershed, and that 75% of a stream length be naturally vegetated a minimum of 30 metres wide on both sides for these ecological features to perform their function.

In the Long Point Region watershed, approximately 20% of the region is forested, 3.5% is forest interior and 40% of watercourses have the suggested 30 metre riparian area. To help achieve the above targets and improve watershed conditions, Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA), with its partners, offers a variety of programs to grow forests and plant buffers.

The LPRCA offers private landowners a wide range of tree planting services including site assessment, species selection, ordering, shipping, cold storage, planting, herbicide application and equipment rental.

LPRCA has adopted the practice of direct seeding in some projects, especially for oaks, hickories and walnuts.  Planting projects are more complex with a wide range of tree species, native grasses and shrubs planted for increased biodiversity.

In an effort to restore trees along roadsides, LPRCA works with watershed municipalities to deliver a “Trees for Roads” program.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has supported reforestation and habitat restoration in the Long Point Region watershed for many years.  Through a partnership agreement with OPG and the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation, LPRCA provides project coordination along with technical advice and planting services. This planting program helps to address, forest fragmentation, carbon sequestration and improves linkages between natural areas.  Subsidies are available for small-scale projects to assist landowners with the cost of planting areas of 2.5 acres (1 hectare) or larger.  

As part of the Ontario government’s 50 Million Tree Program, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests has partnered with Forests Ontario to plant trees on rural private and public lands across southern Ontario. The Program is designed to significantly reduce landowner costs for large-scale tree planting and thereby increase the number of trees planted. Forests Ontario’s goal is to support the planting of 10 million trees a year by 2015.

As a planting agency partner with Forests Ontario, LPRCA staff works directly with landowners to determine site eligibility, allocate grant funding and coordinate tree planting. Click here to learn more about landowner and site requirements under the 50 Million Tree Program.

Benefits of Planting Trees

  • Create habitat and attract a variety of wildlife
  • Contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases
  • Protect and improve water quality in the streams and ponds on your property
  • Reduce home energy costs by providing shade and shelter
  • Transform bare, open fields into forests
  • Increase forested area to qualify for the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
  • Improve outdoor recreational opportunities
  • Reduce the amount of grass to maintain, and add variety to the landscape
  • Develop a sense of well-being through your contribution to the natural environment

LPRCA’s Private Land Tree Planting Program offers technical and financial support to help private landowners restore and improve their property through the planting of native trees.

Planting projects may include windbreaks, highly erodible land retirement and vegetated buffer strips along watercourses.

The species available include conifers, hardwoods and wildlife shrubs.  Please note that many of these species are subject to availability from the nurseries.

The LPRCA can help implement tree planting projects by visiting your property, helping you match trees to your soil and site characteristics and your environmental objectives.  We can develop a planting plan and provide appropriate trees.  Experienced planters can complete your project to ensure that trees are properly stored, handled and planted.  If you wish to plant the trees yourself, you can place your order and pick the trees up from our cold storage in Waterford next spring.

Long Point Region Conservation Authority’s (LPRCA) Private Land Tree Planting Program helps private landowners by offering technical and financial support to restore and improve your property through the planting of native trees, shrubs and seedlings. Each year an average of 100,000 trees and shrubs are planted in the watershed by LPRCA’s staff and partners, and by landowners who participate in our Private Land Tree Planting Program.

Orders for plant materials and planting services for the spring must be received by December of the previous year. Call to book your site visit or get your name on the mailing list for trees today! For more information on LPRCA's Tree Planting Services please contact Paul Gagnon, Lands & Waters Supervisor, at 519-842-4242 ext 232 or watercare@lprca.on.ca