Saturday, August 30, 2008
Funds available for tree planting
NORTHUMBERLAND - The local conservation authority has money available to help residents increase the forest habitat on their properties.
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is accepting tree orders and preparing planting plans for the 2009 planting season, said GRCA watershed stewardship technician, Pam Lancaster. Funding is available to assist landowners with planting within the GRCA jurisdiction, said Ms. Lancaster.
Partnerships between the GRCA and the Trees Ontario Foundation, the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, the Municipality of Clarington, Regional Municipality of Durham and the Municipality of Port Hope provide funding to help offset the cost of planting trees, she said. GRCA staff can order tree seedlings for landowners wishing to do the planting themselves or the GRCA can plant the trees for the landowners. Forests protect soil and water, increase habitat for wildlife, provide a renewable natural resource and enhance property values, she added.
For more information on the 2009 tree planting program, contact Ms. Lancaster at 905-885-8173.