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NVCA searching for landowners to plant trees

January 4, 2024   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) is searching for landowners who want to plant trees this spring.

Each year, the NVCA’s forestry program plants around 100,000 trees for property owners in the Nottawasaga Watershed who want to convert their land into forest.

Planting trees helps to provide wildlife habitat, shade rivers and streams, and produce oxygen, among many other benefits. Well-managed forests also contribute to the economy by providing wood for construction and wood fibre for products such as paper.

“In the early 1900s, as settlers established communities in the Nottawasaga Watershed, they started to clear land for farming, but the topsoil quickly eroded, and sand underneath was exposed,” said Rick Grillmayer, manager of forestry at NVCA. “Between the 1960’s and early 1990’s, the Province of Ontario planted millions of trees to restore our forests. Fast forward to today, NVCA is the only organization in the watershed that offers professional tree planting services.”

The NVCA has a minimum requirement of one hectare or approximately two acres of planting space to be considered. All properties must be located in the Nottawasaga Watershed. Landowners can use NVCA’s Interactive Date Viewer to determine where their property is located.

Funding support from Forest Ontario’s 50 Million Trees Program, the Simcoe County Tree Planting Program, and the Town of New Tecumseth Tree Planting Program provides eligible grants for tree planting. Grant availability depends on property size and location. It ranges between 60 – 80 per cent of the costs for 2024.

Properties over 4.45 hectares, or 11 acres in size, may be eligible for the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program.

If you are interested in planting trees with NVCA, contact Rick Grillmayer via e-mail at rgrillmayer@nvca.on.ca or by phone at 705-424-1479 ext. 230.

For more information on programs, you can visit online at the NVCA website.


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