The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is excited to announce that over 275,000 trees were planted this spring. RVCA and partners are well on the way to planting 6.5 million trees by 2020!
RVCA’s private landowner tree planting program available throughout eastern Ontario, is the perfect way to get the direction, planting plan and any available incentive funding for reforesting projects. In cases where landowners plant over 2,000 trees, RVCA works with a number of partners (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, City of Ottawa, Forests Ontario and local business) to keep costs as low as $0.15 per tree. Landowners with at least one acre of land who are willing to plant 500 or more trees are encouraged
to call 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 and speak with Forestry sta to book a site visit or get more information.
We have numerous community-minded partners who support our tree planting program and reduce landowner costs,” says Scott Danford, RVCA Forestry Program Manager. “Simply, we need enthusiastic landowners to partner and plant with throughout the Rideau watershed.”
Tree planting is one the most practical ways to take care of our watershed and the wider environment. Trees improve local biodiversity by providing shelter for birds and wildlife, while at the same time providing us with windbreaks, screening and shade. Forests act as a major lter and cleansing system for water that soaks into the ground and feeds our wells and underground water systems. The newly planted trees take a little tender loving care in their early years, but once they are “free-growing,” they provide all of these advantages for up to 80 years or more. Trees are vital for a healthy and sustainable future; start planning now for planting next spring.
Trees improve our land and air by acting as miniature environmental cleaning stations. Rootlets help hold the soil in place to protect against erosion and improve water retention. Leaves absorb CO2 and release oxygen helping to reduce the e ects of climate change. In one year, an acre of trees absorbs as much carbon as is produced by a car driven 14,000 kilometres. They also act like natural air conditioners; the evaporation from one tree has the same cooling e ects as 10 room size air conditioners working
20 hours a day.