Trees Ontario encourages property landowners to take advantage of
available subsidies for large-scale tree planting
TORONTO, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - With the spring planting season just
around the corner, Trees Ontario is encouraging rural landowners to
take advantage of the subsidies and technical assistance available to
carry out large-scale tree planting, establishing new forests on their
The subsidies are substantial and cover up to 80 per cent of the total
cost. Trees Ontario works with many partners to administer and deliver
these programs to landowners. Partners such as Conservation
Authorities, local stewardship councils and forestry consultants work
directly with landowners to determine site eligibility, apply for grant
funding and coordinate tree planting.
"Our natural environment is our legacy. We need to increase forest cover
in Ontario, and our tree planting programs and subsidies help
landowners to restore forest on their land," explains Rob Keen, RPF,
Trees Ontario CEO. "Whether tree planting for recreation, enhanced
wildlife habitat or for environmental reasons, the subsidies and
services offered through Trees Ontario and our partners offer
landowners the opportunity to plant trees today that will contribute to
our future health, economy and society."
Increasing forest cover on our settled landscapes is Trees Ontario's
mission. Experts have determined that a minimum 30 per cent forest
cover is required to maintain a healthy, sustainable environment.
However, in some regions of southern Ontario there is actually less
than five per cent forest cover, leading to potential soil erosion,
habitat loss, and even impacts on human health.
By investing in large-scale tree planting, landowners will contribute to
the overall health of the natural environment and the many services it
provides; purifying our air and water, establishing wildlife habitat
and mitigating the effects of climate change.
To learn more about available subsidy programs, visit www.treesontario.ca/programs or contact Trees Ontario at 1.877.646.1193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Trees Ontario
Trees Ontario, the largest not-for-profit tree planting partnership in
North America, is leading efforts to strengthen Ontario's tree planting
infrastructure by enhancing the capacity of its tree planting partners
through financial support and professional development expertise,
delivering landowner incentives through cost offsetting and educating
the public through awareness campaigns and community workshops.
Trees Ontario is the lead delivery agent for the government of
Ontario's 50 Million Tree Program. The program significantly cuts landowners' costs of large-scale tree
planting and boosts the number of trees planted across the province.
SOURCE: Trees Ontario
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