September 15th, 2018 by

Plan before you plant

Field Advisor Wade Knight and Azra Fazal. (Photo/submitted)

Thinking of tree planting next spring? Fall planning brings spring planting! Forests Ontario and its planting partners want to remind landowners that fall is an opportune time for planning next spring’s planting activities.

Tree planting is an excellent way to increase the value of your property and make a positive contribution to environmental health. Forests Ontario offers funding assistance for tree planting through the 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP), providing the benefits of tree planting at a reduced cost. Eligible landowners may receive from 75 to 90 per cent coverage of total planting costs through the program.

The 50MTP has been designed to make the tree planting process as easy as possible for landowners. If your property has at least one hectare (2.5 acres) of open land available for tree planting, you may qualify for tree planting assistance. Once registered, a Forests Ontario representative or planting agency will contact you to confirm your eligibility and determine the best approach to complete your planting project. Whether you’re interested in improving your farming operation, creating wildlife habitat, increasing your property value, leaving a legacy for future generations, or helping to fight climate change, planting through the 50MTP can help you achieve your goals.

About 50 Million Tree Program

Forests Ontario administers the Ontario government’s 50 Million Tree Program, part of the United Nations’ Billion Tree Campaign. The United Nations’ goal is to plant one billion trees worldwide each year. Ontario is committed to plant 50 million trees by 2025.

The 50 Million Tree Program is designed to signi­ficantly reduce the costs to landowners of large-scale tree planting and thereby increase the number of trees planted across the province.

For more information, photos, or to arrange an interview please contact:

Azra Fazal
Communications Manager
Forests Ontario
416.646.1193 ext. 257